Cool Hand Luke Reviews
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!
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.
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.
Great acting, stunning direction, and a likable lead makes Cool Hand Luke a cool prison film.