Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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Presented by Tampa Theatre at Tampa Theatre, Tampa FL

Jun 23
Cool Hand Luke (1967)

2h 6m / PG / Drama

In Cool Hand Luke, maybe Paul Newman’s single finest film role, Luke is literally irrepressible; it’s impossible not to love him. Or at least, it’s impossible for the audience and his peers. Various authority figures seem to pull it off quite neatly. Even in the famously anti-establishment Hollywood environment of the time, Cool Hand Luke stands out as deeply ambivalent about authority of any kind. Yes, Luke is a Christ-like figure, of course. Ogled by his fellow prisoners after winning the famous 50-egg bet, he’s stretched out on a table like Jesus on the cross. Unlike most Jesus allegories, though, Cool Hand Luke addresses mostly sacrifice, not salvation (compare The Shawshank Redemption, also on the schedule this year) and unbowed but bloodied, he bears the torture of his jailers, the terrifying mirror-shades guard and the warden with his famous opinion on communication. Defeat — constant, ignominious, brutalizing defeat — follows Luke through his whole life, but his stubborn refusal to accept defeat inspires the love of his fellow prisoners (like Dragline, played by George Kennedy as Luke’s enemy turned ersatz disciple) and provides the vehicle by which they can move from their mean, low circumstances to something like hope.



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711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602


Nearby city garage, street parking and paid lots.


    • Assisted Listening System
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    • Sign Language
    • Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access to ground-level seating only. Accessible restroom on ground level. Sign language interpreter can be made available by prior arrangement.

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