A classic 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance.
Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system.
Decorated Korean War veteran Lucas "Luke" Jackson (Paul Newman), is arrested for cutting the "heads" off parking meters one drunken night.
He is sentenced to two years in prison and sent to a Florida chain gang prison run by a sadistic warden, the Captain (Strother Martin), and a stoic rifleman,
Boss Godfrey (Morgan Woodward).....
whose eyes are always obstructed by a pair of dark sunglasses.
Luke refuses to observe the established pecking order among the prisoners and quickly runs afoul of the prisoners' leader, Dragline (George Kennedy).
When the pair have a boxing match, the prisoners and guards watch with interest.
Although Luke is severely outmatched by his larger opponent, he refuses to acquiesce.
Eventually, Dragline refuses to continue the fight. Luke's tenacity earns the prisoners' respect.
Later, Luke wins a poker game by bluffing with a hand worth nothing. Luke comments that "sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand," prompting Dragline to nickname him.....
"Cool Hand Luke".