Cool Hand Luke Overview:

Cool Hand Luke (1967) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and produced by Gordon Carroll and Carter De Haven Jr..

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Donn Pearce published in 1965.

SYNOPSIS

"What we have here is a failure to communicate." Newman wakes up on a Southern chain gang after a destructive drunken spree. Stuck in a stink hole of a prison, he refuses to give up his dignity or humor to abusive authorities.

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Cool Hand Luke was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2005.

Academy Awards 1967 --- Ceremony Number 40 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorPaul NewmanNominated
Best Supporting ActorGeorge KennedyWon
Best Music - ScoringLalo SchifrinNominated
Best WritingDonn Pearce, Frank R. PiersonNominated
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Cool Hand Luke (1967, Stuart Rosenberg)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 2, 2020 From The Stop Button

Maybe a third of the way into Cool Hand Luke, the film all of a sudden starts getting really good. It?s when Jo Van Fleet makes her appearance, which provides the film both its single best acting?Newman and Van Fleet are exquisite in the scene?and also director Rosenberg showing he?s actually got a ... Read full article


Cool Hand Luke (1967)

By Beatrice on Jul 6, 2019 From Flickers in Time

Cool Hand Luke Directed by Stuart Rosenberg Written by Don Pearce and Frank Pierson from Pearce’s novel 1967/USA Jalem Productions Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die The Christ symbolism and anti-establishment message haven’t aged all that well. ... Read full article


Review: Cool Hand Luke (1967)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 15, 2019 From 4 Star Films

While I might not consider it one of the finest films ever produced, Cool Hand Luke features one of the most mythic characters ever conceived for the movies. He’s one of those figures who can seemingly only exist on celluloid. Luke Jackson comes out of a certain turbulent period in American hi... Read full article


Cool Hand Luke: Newman?s Double?

By Judy on Jun 21, 2014 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

This post is part of Silver Screenings‘ and The Rosebud Cinema’s 1967 in Film Blogathon. Check out the other entries on their sites! It?s not surprising, given the film?s condemnation of authority and celebration of rebellion, that Cool Hand Luke came out in 1967 in the midst of Vietnam... Read full article


Cool Hand Luke: Newman?s Double?

By Judy on Jun 21, 2014 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

This post is part of Silver Screenings‘ and The Rosebud Cinema’s 1967 in Film Blogathon. Check out the other entries on their sites! It?s not surprising, given the film?s condemnation of authority and celebration of rebellion, that Cool Hand Luke came out in 1967 in the midst of Vietnam... Read full article


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Quotes from

[Discussing God and the rain]
Luke: Let him go. Bam, Bam.
Dragline: Knock it off, Luke. You can't talk about Him that way.
Luke: Are you still believin' in that big bearded Boss up there? You think he's watchin' us?
Dragline: Get in here. Ain't ya scared? Ain't ya scared of dyin'?
Luke: Dyin'? Boy, he can have this little life any time he wants to. Do ya hear that? Are ya hearin' it? Come on. You're welcome to it, ol' timer. Let me know you're up there. Come on. Love me, hate me, kill me, anything. Just let me know it.
[He looks around]
Luke: I'm just standin' in the rain talkin' to myself.


[Dragline has repeatedly knocked Luke down during a boxing match]
Dragline: Stay down. You're beat.
Luke: You're gonna hafta kill me...
[struggles back to his feet]


Dog Boy: Look Cap'n, look what he done to Blue. He's dead, he's dead. he run himself plum to death.


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Facts about

Although she played his mother in the film, Jo Van Fleet was only 11 years older than Paul Newman.
Actor Morgan Woodward, who played Boss Godfrey, a.k.a. "The Man With No Eyes," remained in character during breaks between scenes. He would sit in his chair, still wearing his mirrored sunglasses, and not speak to anyone.
Donn Pearce who wrote the novel on which the movie is based, spent 2 years on a chain gang for safe-breaking. Pearce makes a cameo appearance in the movie as a convict named Sailor.
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