REWIND Video Club presents Cool Hand Luke

June 9, 2017, 8:00 pm

Blue Mountains Theatre

Paul Newman gives one of the defining performances of his career, and cemented his place as a beautiful-rebel screen icon playing the stubbornly tough and independent title character in Cool Hand Luke. And before he became familiar as a sidekick in 1970s disaster movies (Earthquake and the Airport movies), George Kennedy won an Oscar for playing Dragline, the brutal chain-gang boss who tries to beat loner Luke’s cool out of him.

It’s a classic rebel-against-the-repressive-institution story in the line of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest or The Shawshank Redemption. Certain moments have become classics–particularly the hardboiled egg-eating contest, and the immortal line (drooled by Strother Martin, as a sadistic redneck prison officer), “What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate.” And don’t forget, Luke is also the source of the oft-quoted driving ditty, “I don’t care if it rains or freezes, long as I have my plastic Jesus, right here on the dashboard of my car…” He is cool, all right.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, on 4723 5050 or onlineĀ here.

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