History Film / CoolHandLuke

8th Feb '17 4:52:34 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* PlayingGertrude: Jo Van Fleet was only 11 years older than Creator/PaulNewman, despite playing his mother.
8th Feb '17 4:46:52 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArchEnemy: The Captain to Luke Jackson.


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* BigBad: The Captain.


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* CaptivityHarmonica: Luke's banjo is a variation.
* CardboardPrison: Luke is able to escape prison regularly (though he's usually brought back quickly). [[spoiler:Finally, the sheriff has enough and shoots him]].
* CoolShades: The evil prison warder in his impenetrable mirror shades.


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* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Luke]] complete with IronicEcho ("What we've got here is a failure to communicate").


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* FamousLastWords: "'What we've got here is a failure to communicate.'" [[spoiler:Luke]]


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* ForYourOwnGood: When Luke is captured after his first escape attempt and fit into chains before the other inmates, the Captain loudly informs Luke, and the prison at large, how the chains will remind him not to try and escape, ending with "For yer own good." Luke dryly replies "I wish you'd stop being so good to me, Captain."


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* OneLinerEcho: [[spoiler:Luke's final sentence, "What we have here is a failure to communicate," is taken from a speech by the evil warden]].


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* SinisterShades: The prison guard wears a pair of sinister shades while watching the prisoners in the hot sun.


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* SuperPersistentPredator: An inversion: when Luke escapes prison, he runs so persistently that the bloodhound trailing him runs itself to death.


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* TheTrickster: Luke has a disrupting influence on the day-to-day life in the prison.
* UncommonTime: The "Tar Sequence" is in 5/4, by Lalo Schifrin (who also created the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' theme in 5/4).
* WardensAreEvil: The Captain is the sadistic warden of a chain gang prison. He ruthlessly mistreats Luke by locking him in a punishment box and having him beaten.
* WhatWereYouThinking: The captain asks Luke what he thought defacing parking meters would get him. Luke replies that, being drunk at the time, he probably wasn't thinking.
27th Jan '17 1:24:48 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* RuleOfSymbolism: After the egg eating contest, Luke is in a pose that is suspiciously like Jesus on the cross and [[Literature/TheBible Luke]] has a brother named [[Literature/TheBible John]].

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* RuleOfSymbolism: After the egg eating contest, Luke is in a pose that is suspiciously like Jesus on the cross and [[Literature/TheBible Luke]] has a brother named [[Literature/TheBible [[Literature/TheFourGospels John]].
25th Dec '16 7:48:37 PM Tromboneman
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''Cool Hand Luke'' (1967) is the story of Lucas "Luke" Jackson (Creator/PauNewman) during his stay at a Florida prison camp sometime in the late [[TheForties Forties]] or early [[TheFifties Fifties]], and how he stands up to the system within the camp.

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''Cool Hand Luke'' (1967) is the story of Lucas "Luke" Jackson (Creator/PauNewman) (Creator/PaulNewman) during his stay at a Florida prison camp sometime in the late [[TheForties Forties]] or early [[TheFifties Fifties]], and how he stands up to the system within the camp.
26th Nov '16 8:33:13 PM Taskmaster123
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* KickTheDog: During the scene when Luke has to repeatedly dig a ditch then fill it back in again, the spade the guards give him is one with a broad, flat head. A spade like this is designed for digging in loose soil or sand, not hard packed dirt. While it gets easier once he has dug the initial hole, it does take him an entire night just to dig it out the first time, and he's so exhausted he can barely move.


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* SelfInflictedHell: If Luke would just shut his mouth, keep a low profile, and go along to get along, both his life and his time in prison would be a lot easier. However, due to a rebellious nature that he seems incapable of controlling, he can't do any of these things, and ''damn'' does it ever make his life hard.
20th Nov '16 4:53:41 AM CumbersomeTercel
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''Cool Hand Luke'' (1967) is the story of Lucas "Luke" Jackson (PaulNewman) during his stay at a Florida prison camp sometime in the late [[TheForties Forties]] or early [[TheFifties Fifties]], and how he stands up to the system within the camp.

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''Cool Hand Luke'' (1967) is the story of Lucas "Luke" Jackson (PaulNewman) (Creator/PauNewman) during his stay at a Florida prison camp sometime in the late [[TheForties Forties]] or early [[TheFifties Fifties]], and how he stands up to the system within the camp.
18th Sep '16 4:14:54 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: Donn Pearce, who wrote the original novel, appears as the convict Sailor.
1st Jul '16 7:48:34 PM Delphi
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!!This film contains the following tropes:

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!!This film contains !!Listin' the following tropes:
tropes here, Boss:


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!!List the tropes there, Luke.
17th Jun '16 4:07:37 AM Adept
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* ThemeTune: While not the primary theme, a piece of music used in a scene from the film called the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOWkPk2ETXc Tar Sequence]]" was licensed by Creator/{{ABC}} to become the news theme for local newscasts on many of their stations until the mid 90's (when the network commissioned a SuspiciouslySimilarSong so that they wouldn't have to pay large royalties for its use) and became a critical part of the Eyewitness News local news format, where it is ubiquitous for being the SignatureSong associated with American local news. Still in use today by Australia's NineNetwork for their theme.

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* ThemeTune: While not the primary theme, a piece of music used in a scene from the film called the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOWkPk2ETXc Tar Sequence]]" was licensed by Creator/{{ABC}} to become the news theme for local newscasts on many of their stations until the mid 90's (when the network commissioned a SuspiciouslySimilarSong so that they wouldn't have to pay large royalties for its use) and became a critical part of the Eyewitness News local news format, where it is ubiquitous for being the SignatureSong associated with American local news. Still in use today by Australia's NineNetwork Creator/NineNetwork for their theme.
6th Jun '16 4:28:24 AM Doug86
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* ReturningWarVet: Luke is one of these (whether from WorldWarII or [[TheKoreanWar Korea]] isn't specified in the film, though in the novel it's the former). It's revealed that, despite having made sergeant and earned several citations during his time in the Army, he'd also done time in the stockade and gotten busted back down to private by the time he was discharged. Whether his problems with authority and general anti-social behavior are a product, or a cause, of these experiences is never really addressed.

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* ReturningWarVet: Luke is one of these (whether from WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII or [[TheKoreanWar [[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar Korea]] isn't specified in the film, though in the novel it's the former). It's revealed that, despite having made sergeant and earned several citations during his time in the Army, he'd also done time in the stockade and gotten busted back down to private by the time he was discharged. Whether his problems with authority and general anti-social behavior are a product, or a cause, of these experiences is never really addressed.
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