Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Luke Askew, Morgan Woodward
Stuart Rosenberg (Director), Donn Pearce (Screenplay), Frank Pierson (Screenplay)
Release: Jun. 22nd, 1967
Runtime: 2 hours, 6 minutes
When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison's dreaded solitary confinement cell, "the box," make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.
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One particular guy, Dragline (George Kennedy) is totally in love with him -- you can tell he wants Luke to be his boyfriend after they escape together, but Luke takes off without him - *sigh* MEN.
Though the film is definitely showing its age, the 1967 Best Picture nominee Cool Hand Luke is still a riveting cinematic experience thanks to the powerhouse performance by Paul Newman that anchors the proceedings.