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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Luke
... Dragline
... Society Red
... Koko
... Loudmouth Steve
... Captain
... Arletta
... Carr
... Boss Godfrey
... Boss Paul
... Rabbitt
... Blind Dick
... Boss Shorty
Warren Finnerty ... Tattoo
... Babalugats
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Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. Written by alfiehitchie

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Crime | Drama

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$3,200,000 (estimated)

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$16,217,773
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No less than three cast members appeared in the James Bond film franchise: Joe Don Baker (The Living Daylights (1987), GoldenEye (1995), and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)), Anthony Zerbe (Licence to Kill (1989)), and Clifton James (Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)). See more »

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The police car shown in the opening scene and when Luke is shot is equipped with a Federal Beacon Ray Model 174. The movie is set in the late '40 and that beacon was available until 1958. See more »

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[Luke wins a poker hand on a bluff]
Dragline: Nothin'! A handful of nothin'. You stupid mullet head, he beat you with nothin', just like today when he kept comin' back at me, with nothin'.
Luke: Yeah, well... sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
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Midnight Special
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Influential 60's prison drama
13 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Set in the rural south, a man serves time on a chain gang after vandalising parking meters. When inside, he stubbornly refuses to bow down to anybody, be it the prison authorities or his fellow inmates. Soon, though, he becomes a symbol of hope to the other prisoners and his rebellious nature teaches them that their integrity is the most important thing they have.

This anti-authoritarian film is very much in a similar mould to Bonnie and Clyde which also came out in 1967. In both of these films the establishment are shown to be the bad guys and the criminals anti-heroes deserving of our sympathy. With this in mind it would only be fair to say that, like Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke could be regarded as one of the very first New Hollywood movies. It certainly is a film which indicates that the cinematic norms were changing. It's also one of the first of a new type of prison drama which tried to reach for more authenticity. In many ways it is a precursor to the classic incarcerated-man-against-the-system movie One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). For me, it's not in the same league as that one but it's pretty obviously a very influential work. It benefits from a good ensemble cast, with Paul Newman leading the picture very well, with impressive support in particular from George Kennedy who would go on to win an Oscar for his efforts.


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