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Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke
  • PG
  • 2h 6m
  • 1967
Certified Fresh100%
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Academy Award winner Paul Newman stars with George Kennedy in this story of a man who will not surrender to authority--even at the cost of his life. When Luke Jackson (Newman) is sentenced to a Southern prison for a minor infraction, his intelligence, calm under pressure and inability to accept defeat soon gain him the respect of his fellow inmates on the chain gang--and the nickname Cool Hand Luke. But they also earn Luke the enmity of the warden, who cannot allow any inmate to challenge his authority. When Luke's mother dies, he decides to escape ... and he will not allow anyone to stop him.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh100%
Critics Consensus: Though hampered by Stuart Rosenberg's direction, Cool Hand Luke is held aloft by a stellar script and one of Paul Newman's most indelible performances.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Paul Newman classic about rebellion and conformity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cool Hand Luke is a classic Paul Newman movie about the conflict between rebellion and authority/conformity. It's not exactly a polished masterpiece, but it is highly entertaining and an audience favorite, even decades later. Teens may find Newman's cheerfully rebellious Luke worth emulating, although that may not exactly be a wise decision, given the price he pays. The movie contains some fighting and some blood, as well as guards beating and intimidating prisoners. There are guns and shooting, but mostly used for birds, snakes, etc. A character's mother is said to have died. Language is mild by today's standards, but still contains uses of "bitch," "damn," "hell," and "ass." There's a scene of the men ogling and objectifying a woman in a skimpy dress, and some sex-related dialogue, as well as a naked male bottom. Social smoking and drinking is shown, and the main character is slurring drunk in the prologue.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 10, 1967
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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