Date(s) - 03/08/2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday of the month and, this week, Cool Hand Luke comes to Orinda.
Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman serves in the title role as Luke, an inmate in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to an unforgiving and brutal system.
Roger Ebert called the movie an anti-establishment film which was shot during the time of the Vietnam War, in which Newman’s character endures “physical punishment, psychological cruelty, hopelessness and equal parts of sadism and masochism.” His influence on his prison mates and the torture that he endures takes on an almost overtly religious overtone, culminating in an ending scene some critics have compared to the crucifixion. Luke was filmed on the San Joaquin River Delta, and the set, imitating a southern prison farm, was built in Stockton.
Newman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, George Kennedy won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. There’s a memorable car wash scene as well as a musical performance by Harry Dean Stanton. Lalo Schifrin was nominated for the Best Original Score. In 2005, the United States Library of Congress selected it for the National Film Registry, considering it to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film is also memorable for its “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” uttered by warden Strother Martin – listed at No. 11 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 most memorable movie lines.
Bring some cash for popcorn and enjoy the show. Also, just a tip: there’s free parking in the garage for 3 hours if you validate the ticket at the popcorn concession stand.
Movie starts at 6:30 pm. Come in early as their free movie nights fill out quickly. The Orinda Theatre is a 2 minute walk from the Orinda BART stop.