June 21, 2008
Cool Hand Luke
One of the great things about going back and watching all these old classics is that I'm gaining such an appreciation for movie stars who by the time I was watching films were older and not quite the stars they had been. To discover them in their prime has been a really eye-opening experience, whether it was Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, or Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde, and now... Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. Yes, he did more than make salad dressing. A whole lot more.
He's a total and complete star in this film, which is quite excellent. He plays a small town crook who gets assigned to a prison work camp and keeps trying to escape. In many ways, this film draws a whole lot of parallels for me to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, only not as funny, and criminals instead of mental patients.
It's also got something of a twist, which was satisfying and completely surprised me. And, it's the origin of that famous movie quote "What we got here in a failure to communicate" that Guns N Roses uses in their song "Civil War."
If all that isn't cool enough to get you to watch it, then I don't know what to tell you.
3 out of 4.
Posted by jason on June 21, 2008 03:23 AM
Here's one more to add to the list to get people to watch it:
Posted by: jessica on June 21, 2008 04:38 AM