Cool Hand Luke

feature film, drama, 1967

DIRECTED BY: Stuart Rosenberg

Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman (Luke),
George Kennedy (Dragline),
Strother Martin,
Morgan Woodward (Godfrey),
Lou Antonio (Koko)

Donn Pearce,
Frank Pierson (based on novel by Donn Pearce)

Conrad L. Hall


Luke arrives to a local prison on Florida to serve a two-year sentence for a petty offense He is brave and uncompromising and does not acknowledge imposed authority so he soon gets into trouble. Soon he has to take part in a boxing match with the leader of the prisoners Dragline. Even though he is clearly weaker, Luke refuses to give up and thus gains Dragline and other prisoners’ trust. While Luke’s popularity among prisoners is on the rise, his problems with the strict prison’s management are also increasing…

color, 35 mm, 126 min