πŸŽ₯ Cool Hand Luke – 1967

The Story …

In early 1950s, Florida decorated World War II veteran Lucas “Luke” Jackson drunkenly beheads several parking meters.

He is sentenced to two years on a chain gang in a prison camp run by the Captain, a stern warden, and Walking Boss Godfrey, a quiet rifleman nicknamed “the man with no eyes” because he always wears mirrored sunglasses.

There, even minor violations are punished by “a night in the box”, a small wooden booth in the prison yard with limited air and space …

Luke refuses to observe the established order among the prisoners and quickly runs afoul of their leader, Dragline. When the two have a boxing match, Luke is severely outmatched but refuses to acquiesce.

Eventually, Dragline stops the fight, but Luke’s tenacity earns the prisoners’ respect and draws the guards’ attention. He later wins a poker game by bluffing with a hand worth nothing, and Dragline christens him “Cool Hand Luke”.

After a visit from his sick mother, Arletta, Luke becomes more optimistic about his situation. He continually confronts the Captain and the guards, and his sense of humour and independence prove inspiring to the other prisoners.

Luke’s struggle for supremacy peaks when he leads a work crew in a seemingly impossible but successful effort to complete a road-paving job in less than a day. The prisoners start to idolize him after he wins a bet that he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour.

One evening, Luke receives notice that his mother has died. Anticipating that Luke might attempt to escape to attend the funeral, the Captain has him locked in the box.

After being released, Luke becomes determined to escape. Under cover of a Fourth of July celebration, he makes his initial escape attempt. He is recaptured by local police and returned to the chain gang. The Captain has Luke fitted with leg irons and delivers a warning speech to the inmates. Shortly afterwards, Luke escapes a second time.

While free, Luke mails the prison a magazine that includes a photograph of himself with two beautiful women. He is soon recaptured, beaten, returned to the prison camp, and fitted with two sets of leg irons.

The Captain warns Luke that he will be killed if he ever attempts to escape again. Luke becomes annoyed by the other prisoners fawning over the magazine photo and says he faked it …

Credits :

  • Directed by : Stuart Rosenberg
  • Screenplay by : Donn Pearce and Frank R. Pierson
  • Based on : Cool Hand Luke by Donn Pearce
  • Produced by : Gordon Carroll
  • Cinematography : Conrad Hall
  • Edited by : Sam O’Steen
  • Music by : Lalo Schifrin
  • Production Company : Jalem Productions
  • Distributed by : Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
  • Release Date : October 31, 1967

Cast :

  • Paul Newman as Lucas “Luke” Jackson
  • George Kennedy as Clarence “Dragline” Slidell
  • Strother Martin as The Captain
  • Jo Van Fleet as Arletta Jackson
  • Joy Harmon as β€œLucille”
  • Morgan Woodward as Walking Boss / Godfrey
  • Luke Askew as Boss Paul
  • Robert Donner as Boss “Shorty”
  • Clifton James as Carr, The Floor Walker
  • John McLiam as Boss Kean
  • Andre Trottier as Boss Popler
  • Charles Tyner as Boss Higgins
  • J. D. Cannon as “Society Red”
  • Lou Antonio as “Koko”
  • Robert Drivas as Steve “Loudmouth Steve”
  • Marc Cavell as “Rabbitt”
  • Richard Davalos as Dick “Blind Dick”
  • Warren Finnerty as “Tattoo”
  • Dennis Hopper as Babalugats
  • Wayne Rogers as “Gambler”
  • Harry Dean Stanton as “Tramp”
  • Ralph Waite as “Alibi”
  • Anthony Zerbe as “Dog Boy”
  • Buck Kartalian as “Dynamite”
  • Joe Don Baker as “Fixer”
  • James Gammon as “Sleepy”

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Hand_Luke

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