Posted on 8/26/11 09:00 AM
"What we got here is failure to communicate".
Another famous line from an all american classic, "Cool Hand Luke" was a film said to have captured the anti-"fall into line" lifestyle of the 60's. Featuring stunning performances from the always under-rated Paul Newman, George Kennedy (who would win an Academy Award for this performance, but will be more remembered for playing Cpt. Ed Holden in the infamously funny "Naked Gun" series) and Dennis Hopper.
Luke (Newman) is imprisoned for 2 years for destroying public property, in their he slowly yet eventually begins to earn the admiration of the top inmate (Kennedy) and evetually everyone else, soon they begin to idolise Luke, much to the dismay of the lawmen as luke constanly escapes.
Eventually, Luke has escaped with his firend, and decide to go seperate ways, it is here Luke walks into a church and prays to god, why he has been put on the blue marble, eventually he and his friend are on the verge of capture again yet luke takes the different (and better) solution and in doing so gives more admiration and independence to the prisoners than ever before...
Though the film suffers an incredibly slow pacing, those who can sit through it will utmost definately see the resemblance to the much later (and indeed greater) "One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", Nevertheless if you like Paul Newman's upbeat attitude then this film is most definately for you.
Final Verdict: Considering it's age, it still holds up enough to entertain, not really one to look out for but most definately deserves some more recognition.