How is it that I’d never watched Cool Hand Luke in its entirety?
My goodness, Paul Newman might have been the best looking man ever created. No lie. That face. That smile. Those eyes. Be still, my heart.
And Strother Martin’s voice makes one want to strangle him in mid-sentence. He was perfect as Captain, the warden of the prison in which Luke (Newman), a decorated war hero, is sentenced to serve two years for cutting the tops off of parking meters during a drunken spree.
George Kennedy won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1967 film.
I’m not a fan of prison movies, but this one’s a gem. And the cast is amazing. Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton, Wayne Rogers, and Ralph Waite, among others, are familiar faces in the prison barracks.
As I write this I’m watching the film. I won’t give away the ending for anyone who, like me, had never seen Cool Hand Luke, but you should definitely watch it, if for no other reason than to see God’s most perfect creation–Paul Newman.