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½ December 1, 2017
Cool Hand Luke is a film that has never entered my film watching life. I've missed out on a real classic!
The star of the film is Paul Newman who until now I've only seen as the architect in The Towering Inferno.
He plays a petty criminal who ends up in a low security southern US prison. A prison that sends its inmates on hard working chain gangs and keeps the inmates locked up in a communal dormitory.
The petty criminal is sentenced to two years and soon earns the nickname Cool Hand Luke because he's called Luke, he is very cool and is good at cards! Luke also wins over the other prisoners for his bravery, bravado (winning large bets by eating 50 eggs in an hour!) and having the sheer audacity to say no to the system by making repeat escape attempts.
Each time he escapes he is eventually captured and on return to the prison he faces ever tougher sanctions be it iron fetters, confinement in some solitary box and being mentally broken by the guards by being given back breaking impossible tasks to complete.
His final escape attempt is a tragedy.
A great film that despite its age shows that old fashioned life skills such as perseverance pays. You get knocked down, you get up again!
October 29, 2017
What a fantastic movie! All the different characters and personalities make for great character development in the story. Watching this movie, one can't help but fall in love with Paul Newman's character. We all wish we could live our lives like him, in this nonchalant not giving a crap kind of way. It was really interesting to see how his character develops throughout the movie.

The movie has this great charm about it and is really fun to watch given that it doesn't take itself seriously and it has a good heart. It was so cool to see some of the cast that was in Easy Rider, in this film.

Overall, terrific film with outstanding performances and a worth-watching storyline.
October 6, 2017
A chill dude named Luke get's thrown in jail and sentenced for two years for parking meter robbery. He is a mysterious man, but he have most things his way, slowly becoming the most popular fella in jail - both among wardens and inmates. Well, he tries to run, he hates it there even if he plays it cool.

This is a character-driven film with a slow, steady pace that the movie escalate with in hormony. It's never boring or flat, it's filled with great performances and a neat turn on a typical, old prison film. Moments of fun and joy, often arranged by the man himself, makes the film better and a lot more playful. Some scenes are classics, like the carwash scene and the egg scene. The egg scene resulted in loads of egg eating among the film crew, so the next day on set was filled with farting and bad smell. That's hillarious.

Anyway, a solid classic with great acting by Paul Newman and George Kennedy - our main guys. Paul is perfect for the role as the gutsy Luke.

8 out of 10 eggs.
September 18, 2017
a film with one of the original rebels
July 13, 2017
Rebellious and 'Cool', Cool Hand Luke gives great performances from Paul Newman and George Kennedy
July 6, 2017
Best Movie Ever!! FROM: Tim C..
½ June 9, 2017
Paul Newman is an endlessly resourceful prisoner with a knack for escaping and being caught just as easily. His ingenuity continually tricks his superiors into thinking that he has been successfully rehabilitated. The car-washing scene is a must see!
½ June 4, 2017
100% on rotten tomatoes? Granted, this isn't an awful film. It has charm and excellent cast, plus a great tale of rebellion. However, the film had questiona
June 3, 2017
A true classic that resonates over time. "What we have here is a failure to communicate " "I'm shaking it boss" among the unforgettable lines in an stellar film.
½ May 20, 2017
Something to think about.
May 15, 2017
Definition of Classic
April 26, 2017
An interesting and beautiful looking film everyone will like
April 22, 2017
It's breathtaking in its retelling of the gospels and its mirroring of the hearts of men.
March 17, 2017
In my top 10 movies of all time.
½ February 25, 2017
An examination in intentional self-destruction and rebellion. A bit slow at times, but great.
½ February 14, 2017
9.5 out of 10:

Great acting, stunning direction, and a likable lead makes Cool Hand Luke a cool prison film.
February 4, 2017
Paul Newman is an endlessly resourceful prisoner with a knack for escaping and being caught just as easily. His ingenuity continually tricks his superiors into thinking that he has been successfully rehabilitated. The car-washing scene is a must see!
January 10, 2017
Great story about a guy who just won't give up. Newman's performance is incredible, and makes the movie a joy to watch.
January 3, 2017
Watchable yet underwhelming. There are better prison drama films. (First and only viewing - 7/17/2010)
½ December 14, 2016
Cool Hand Luke, does benefit from a great cast and great writing, but the film is weighed down from a hampered plot that takes too long to reach its climax
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