Directed by Stuart Southern
Starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martn
“What we’ve got here, is failure to communicate”
That line from the movie I knew because of a Guns N’ Roses song that used the speech on the song Civil War. I was ntriduced to this movie by my father, actually a lot of films form this era I saw because of my father. From the first momment I saw the film I loved it.
The story is simple but so great. Luke is arrested for breaking private property while drunk. He is sent to a chain gang and there he becomes this mythic figure within the prisoners for the antics and the times he escapes.
The main thing that I liked is Paul Newman’s performance. There is no doubt in my mind that he is one of the best actors of that time and of all time. Here he carries the film perfectly. He drew me into the movie just with his performance. The film takes place in the same settings and only a great actor could have pulled the audience into the story and Paul was such an actor and he did it. He is perfect as Luke, the rebel who would not give in to authority or would stay down. The classic scene where he fights Dragline, played by George Kennedy, and he was getting beaten real bad but would not stay down. Like Dragline describes him, he did all with that Luke smile. The greatness of Newman to me is shown in the scene where he finds out his mother died and he sings a song while the others just look at him.
It is definitely a film that every movie fan should see.