Cool Hand Luke

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Released 1967

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Director:
Stuart Rosenberg
Released:
1967
Rating:
PG
Cool Hand Luke, Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) ran into trouble with the local police when he cut the heads off the town's parking meters one drunken night. The judge sentences him to two years in a Florida prison camp under the watchful eye of Captain (Strother Martin). Luke doesn't care for the prison hierarchy any more than he cared for the pecking order in society and the decorated veteran of World War II soon finds himself at odds with Dragline (George Kennedy), leader of the prisoners. The two fight as the prisoners and guards look on. Though he takes a beating, Luke refuses to give up and wins the respect of Dragline and the others. Luke's relentless optimism despite the harsh conditions of the prison camp and the respect he's garnered among the inmates has him branded a trouble-maker by the Captain, who gives him even more time in "the box", solitary confinement. After hearing news of his mother's death, Luke becomes determined to escape and the Captain becomes determined to break his spirit. The 1967 film won an Academy Award for Kennedy's supporting role. Luke was named the number 30 top hero in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains in 2003.moreless
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