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Cool Hand Luke


When Luke Jackson is arrested for drunkenly vandalizing parking meters, he is sentenced to serve time on a prison chain gang.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Newman remains watchable and glamorous throughout, bloody, muddy or coated in torso-flattering sweat, but the film's efforts to sentimentally "humanize" him by psychological revelation are clumsy.

- Bill Weber, Slant Magazine, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: The lines and the character have survived the film's oft-forgotten actual message.

- Chris Cabin,, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh: Anchored by Paul Newman's thoroughly magnetic performance...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A solid prison film with some great performances from Paul Newman and George Kennedy. Well worth watching.

- rjayhutchinson, Friday, July 30, 2010

5 stars

Incredible in every way. Paul Newman was amazing and Luke is one of my favorite characters. The story has such a powerful message about independence an hope. It's not just a prison movie, I wouldn't even classify it as that. It's a character piece, period. It shows you the soul of a man and never lets you forget it.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, January 7, 2010

4 stars

One of the greatest Paul Newman Movies I enjoy.

- ScoopOnline, Tuesday, December 8, 2009