Friday, December 28, 2012
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Rebel Without A Cause. Of course by nature Cool Hand Luke is not a true juvenile delinquent flick because Luke (Paul Newman) is an adult and not a youth. Still the message, feel and pace is very similar to something like Rebel Without A Cause or even Blackboard Jungle.
Paul Newman's character is a complete rebel. He can't make it in society and finds himself locked away as a prisoner and part of a chain gang. The young rebel is sentenced to two years for cutting the heads off of parking meters during a drunken reckless night. Luke proves to be just as rebellious on the inside as he was on the outside and being a man full of integrity it is not long before the other inmates look up to him as a sort of leader.
Amongst the inmates is George Kennedy (Creepshow 2, Just Before Dawn) as Dragline, a bad-ass boxer. We got Harry Dean Stanton (Wild At Heart, Repo Man) as Tramp, a cowardly follower and even the great Denis Hopper shows up as another number in the chain gang.
Cool Hand Luke has made its mark upon society. Even those who have never seen the film know the line "What we have here is a failure to communicate" Those who have seen the movie are not likely to forget the images of Cool Hand Luke's fight scenes or the egg eating contest and especially Joy Harmon's breasts. An amazing piece of cinema!