Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy received one for his work in this allegorical prison drama. Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1997
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Consensus: Though hampered by Stuart Rosenberg's direction, Cool Hand Luke is held aloft by a stellar script and one of Paul Newman's most indelible performances.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Stuart Rosenberg's direction is a horror, but the cast teems with so many familiar faces that this 1967 film can't help but entertain.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A caustically witty look at the American South and its still-surviving chain gangs, with Newman in fine sardonic form as the boss-baiter who refuses to submit and becomes a hero to his fellow-prisoners.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

As this 'Southern' turns up the heat, the sense of sadistic oppression, of being looked down on by 'the man,' swelters and burns. The glowering sun eclipses the convict in its hellfire glow. Newman/Luke's knowing smile, though, burns on.

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TIME Magazine

A picture of chilling dramatic power.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A tough, honest film with backbone.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An incredible film...

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Variety Staff

Newman gives an excellent performance, assisted by a terriffic supporting cast, including George Kennedy, outstanding as the unofficial leader of the cons who yields first place to Newman.

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James Berardinelli

It's as fresh and effective in 2004 as it was in 1967.

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Total Film

It's easy to forget just how fine Cool Hand Luke is.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
An exceptional cast can't hide that here is a film rooted in it's time (released Jan.1, 1967): from the moment anyone intones any kind of rules and… More
Graham Jones
Though the film has flaws, the performances by Newman and the whole cast are just amazing.
Carlos Magalh„es
What elevates this engaging drama to a remarkable ode to nonconformity is definitely Paul Newman's intense performance and its taut, compelling script,… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The problem with Luke is that he's so "cool" that you can't really care for him, or his antics. I guess this is suppose to be a statement… More
familiar stranger
While the movie seems to have worked wonders for most, I wasn't so lucky to be one of those. That's not to say that I didn't like it altogether.… More
Dan Schultz
Without a doubt one of the best movies from the 60's, thanks in large part due to a couple of admirable turns from both Paul Newman and George Kennedy.… More