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Old 09-03-08, 05:32 PM
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DVD Talk review of 'Cool Hand Luke - Deluxe Edition'

I read Paul Mavis's DVD review of Cool Hand Luke - Deluxe Edition at http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=34512 and...I don't care for Cool Hand Luke and wish it deserved your finely crafted comments. Frank Pierson is another matter...His mother, Louise Randall Pierson wrote the screenplay and source material for Roughly Speaking, in which she was played by Rosalind Russell, Frank as a teenager by Robert Arthur. Jack Carson played his father, Harold, in one of the truly great forgotten underappreciated performances. As for Luke, it represents sixties psuedo establishment bashing at its most masochistic.

In any case, keep up the good work.

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Old 09-03-08, 06:23 PM
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Thanks, Barry, as always, for the kind words!

As an "establisment" kind of guy (I always liked the Romans better in those sands-and-sandals epics, too -- better diction and cleaner togas), I can see what you're saying, and understanding Newman's and Rosenberg's politics, it's not hard to make that call.

I think Luke does go, though, a couple steps beyond that "get the Man" call-to-arms with its deliberate myth-making, existential, cosmic, religious hyperbole. Ultimately, I think it's closer to fable than political discourse.....

but, who knows?

I haven't seen the film you mention, but I think Carson is indeed underappreciated (he's the equal of Garland and Mason in A Star is Born, and he's terrific in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). I'll try and track it down!

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To Mr. Paul Mavis.

I especially liked your analogy of Boss Godfrey being satan because "the devil is said in the bible to have no eyes" and that "In the bible, Satan uses a serpent as a walking stick." Could you name the specific verses? I wish to use this in my school's newspaper, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
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