Cool Hand Luke

I hope his pants aren't dirty; anyone with dirty pants in bed gets a night in the box

Title: Cool Hand Luke
Year: 1967
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writers: Donn Pearce & Frank Pierson, based on Pearce’s novel
Starring: Paul Newman, George Kennedy
Music: Lalo Schifrin
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Kennedy); Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Newman) and Best Score; currently #123 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 126 minutes
Synopsis: a “hard case” on a chain gang
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good)
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for story) c. 3.4/4 (Very good)

There are some great, very memorable sequences.  But it seemed unnecessarily episodic.  In retrospect, I can see how everything contributed to character development, but it felt unfocused while watching it.  And the ending is too inevitable to be satisfying.


One Response to Cool Hand Luke

  1. RIP, Paul Newman. I give this movie a 8/10. I liked it a lot, Paul gave a great performance.

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