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Music, Movies, & Miscellany > January '09 Movie Night: Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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message 1: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
For January, let's watch and discuss Newman's classic "Cool Hand Luke."

"Cool Hand Luke is an American film starring Paul Newman and directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system.

Cool Hand Luke won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Kennedy), and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman), Best Music, Original Music Score and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

In 2003, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains rated Luke Jackson as the number 30 greatest hero in American Cinema, and four years later, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies rated Cool Hand Luke number 71.

Cool Hand Luke was included in the United States National Film Registry in 2005."




message 2: by Angie (new)

Angie | 511 comments Mine is on hold at the library hope to get it soon!


Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) own it..who knew that the present i would get my stepdad this year would come in handy :)


message 4: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 283 comments For you Netflix subscribers, Cool Hand Luke is available to watch instantly on your computer (as well as one of my personal Newman faves, Nobody's Fool).


message 5: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (hmatkins) I added it to the top of my Blockbuster list. I'll be getting it soon!


message 6: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 197 comments I haven't seen this in years but I basically grew up watching this (and hearing my brother quote lines from it repeatedly!) Paul Newman is so hot in this movie-might have to rent it on my way home!


message 7: by Deborah (last edited Jan 07, 2009 01:51PM) (new)

Deborah | 283 comments I watched the movie yesterday. It's the first time I've watched it all the way through since I saw it in the theater when it was released. I was in my teens. The first thing that struck me was how young he was, though when I first saw it, he probably looked old to me:)

Odd that I remembered the humorous parts much better than the brutality and despair. I'll save my comments on the ending until more people have watched.


message 8: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
I saw this for the first time about 9 months ago. But I plan of seeing it again. There's a lot of metaphoric imagery involved (is that even a thing?--haha). It definetely calls for re-viewings.


message 9: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (vorvesm) | 19 comments I watched this my senior year of high school when we had family living with us and so I was constantly in my room watching Gilmore Girls lol. I definitely need to watch it a second time though


message 10: by Angie (new)

Angie | 511 comments I am still waiting for my copy to come in from the library. Will we be doing a romance for February?


message 11: by Alison, the guru of grace (new)

Alison | 1282 comments Mod
I think Emma (one with Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma, one with Kate Beckinsdale) as well as it's modern re-telling Clueless would be natural selections.


message 12: by Natalie (new)

Natalie | 23 comments I second that emotion!


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura | 13 comments Wow, not much discussion for Cool Hand Luke... I just watched it the other night and loved it! Of course, Paul Newman is hot in that movie, but I love his character. He's go-against-the-flow, non-conformist, doesn't care what anyone else thinks. The juxtaposition of Luke against the Dragline character and the development of their relationship is interesting, too... starts out that Dragline makes fun of him all the time, but when he figures out that Luke doesn't care, they become friends and eventually Dragline completely idolizes him to the point of no return, bringing the rest of the guys with him.

I wish we got to learn more about Luke's history; it is hinted at a bit during his visit with his mother - just enough to make you sympathize, not enough to tell you a whole lot. Is that just the right amount?

I was sad that Luke dies at the end, of course (now that January's over, I think it's probably ok to put a spoiler on here)... but I also think it was an appropriate end to the story. "Only the good die young," right?


message 14: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 283 comments Laura wrote: "Wow, not much discussion for Cool Hand Luke... I just watched it the other night and loved it! Of course, Paul Newman is hot in that movie, but I love his character. He's go-against-the-flow, non..."

Laura - I too thought the scene with his mother was pivotal, and think it gave just enough information (so if it just by body language) for the audience to fill in the gaps for themselves, which is very good story telling.

I also think it's very interesting that Like didn't start trying to escape until the boss put him in the box as a preemptive strike against his possibly escaping to attend his mother's funeral. Would he have tried, or would he just have served out his time, perhaps believing that he'd had his opportunity to say goodbye to his mother?


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