Cool Hand Luke As a chain-gang convict defying authority, Paul Newman got to take off his shirt for many sweaty road-labor scenes, and he had the acting muscle…
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Cool Hand Luke (2008)

Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke | KNOCKOUT Mario Lopez, who? Paul Newman disrobes in the hard-hitting Cool Hand Luke
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KNOCKOUT Mario Lopez, who? Paul Newman disrobes in the hard-hitting Cool Hand Luke

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2008; DVD Release Date: Sep 09, 2008; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: George Kennedy and Paul Newman; Distributor: Warner Bros.

As a chain-gang convict defying authority, Paul Newman got to take off his shirt for many sweaty road-labor scenes, and he had the acting muscle to match his abs. The culmination of his existentialist period with Hud (1963) and Hombre (1967), Cool Hand Luke depicts a loner earning the respect of fellow prisoners (including George Kennedy, who copped a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as the salty Dragline). Surrounded by such great character actors as Dennis Hopper and Strother Martin — who turned the line ''What we've got here is...failure to communicate'' into a catchphrase — Newman has never looked more godlike (literally, in a few heavy-handed crucifixion poses). But his grin is so sunny that the filmmakers freeze-frame it so that we can bask in the star's eternal magnificence. B+

Originally posted Sep 05, 2008 Published in issue #1010-1011 Sep 12, 2008 Order article reprints
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