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Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the ’90’s and 12 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A prisoner in a Southern chain gang tries to show he can’t be broken and still has dreams by defying the guards and gaining admiration from his fellow prisoners.
My Take on it – I saw this movie once nearly twenty years ago and recalled it was good but I didn’t remember much about it besides the egg scene.
I’m glad that this blogathon got me to rewatch it because it really is much better then I originally recalled.
Paul Newman is great in the lead role because he is one of the few actors who could pull this kind of role off properly.
He seems to be just like the rest of us and his willpower helps him persevere through every task and trial thrown at him here.
By doing this he is able to accomplish two goals within the film and one without.
First of all, he is able to get the prisoners to respect him enough that they cheer him on and look at him as a leader.
It also helps him to annoy the guards who constantly try to break him, but his will is too string for that to happen.
In addition, the viewer feels an even stronger connection to him because we see the brutality he faces with both of the aforementioned groups and continues to will himself to not change his ideas or opinions at all.
George Kennedy won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role here as one of the meanest and toughest prisoners who grows to admire Luke that he becomes his friend and also eventually becomes a follower and supporter of him thru all of his ordeals.
Kennedy is also the connection to this blogathon because he played Carter McKay in 74 episodes of the show plus 2 movies.
This film has its slow points and despite the themes being a bit downbeat, we are helped along by the likeableness of the main character and his upbeat perspective on life.
Bottom Line – Newman is great in this role because he feels like one of us and perseveres through every difficulty he is tasked with just solely on will. This helps him accomplish two goals; He gains respect from his fellow prisoners and drives the guards mad that he cannot be broken. Loved Kennedy in this because he seems like one of the hardest prisoners and grows to admire Luke so much that he becomes not only his friend but his follower and supporter in everything he does. Has its slow points and the theme is not an upbeat one but Newman’s Luke helps us thru with his perspective on life. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 200 hard boiled eggs were provided for the one of the film’s most famous sequences. Due to clever editing, Paul Newman only ate about 8 in total. The rest of the eggs were all consumed by the rest of the cast and crew which led to extreme cases of flatulence the next day. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)