Lawrence O'Toole
September 28, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cool Hand Luke

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
126 minutes
performer
George Kennedy, Paul Newman
director
Stuart Rosenberg
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B-

Paul Newman, first seen beating up parking meters along a lonely street, is a chain-gang member who just won’t submit to prison authority in Cool Hand Luke. Luke’s refusal to be broken has an almost Christ-like conviction, and he arrived on screens just in time to be embraced by the counterculture. Most long-haired rebels of the time fondly remember the irony of the line from Strother Martin as a sadistic guard: ”What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Colorful, more than a touch pretentious, yet wholly enjoyable. B-

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