Cool Hand Luke

Monday, August 4
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2hr 06mins // directed by:Stuart Rosenberg // featuring:Paul Newman, Harry Dean Stanton

Lucas Jackson (Paul Newman) is arrested for destroying several parking meters late one night while drunk in a small Southern town and sentenced to hard labor on a chain gang.

A rebel with little respect for authority--and more guts than good sense--he gains the respect of his initially hostile fellow inmates by his frequent escape attempts and refusal to knuckle under to harsh treatment. They also enjoy his fearless behavior in the face of a bet or dare, which earns him the moniker "Cool Hand Luke." But even Luke has his limits, and after enduring relentless punishment, he begins to realize how badly the deck is stacked against him and questions if he can take much more. - TCM