Cool Hand Luke

1967 | USA | PG | 126 min.


Kirkbride at the Commons Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Special Screenings
Free Buzz Movies
Release Year:1967
Runtime:126 min.
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Stuart Rosenberg
Produced by:Gordon Carroll
Screenwriter:Donn Pearce
Frank Pierson
Cast:Paul Newman
George Kennedy
J.D. Cannon
Lou Antonio
Robert Drivas


It’s hard not to use words like “iconic” when talking about a film as seminal as “Cool Hand Luke,” the 1967 prison drama that made Paul Newman a household name and helped spearhead a movement of anti-establishment art. The Academy Award-winning classic captures life on a chain gang in the early 1950s and focuses on Lucas “Luke” Jackson (Newman), a war vet turned inmate determined to escape the confines of the Florida prison that holds him. Watching “Cool Hand Luke” 50 years after its release is still striking—from the lyrical script to the visceral emotion and bravado put forth by Newman and George Kennedy, who won an Oscar for his performance as Dragline.

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