Sunday, September 28, 2008

Adios, Paul Newman

Cool Hand Luke - 1967 - "I didn't want to do pictures about explosions.
I don't want to do pictures about shattered glass and broken bodies
and blood. That just doesn't interest me." Paul Newman 1925 - 2008

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"What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach, so you get what we had here last week which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it." (As spoken by the Captain of Road Prison 36 in the movie Cool Hand Luke.)

I don't know how many thousands of Americans Cool Hand Luke inspired with his defiance of authority, but it came along in the middle of the Vietnam War. While Luke was slight of stature in the movie, he was a giant among bigger men surrounding him. It was a film about challenging those in control at every possible opportunity.

Maybe it should be re-released here in this New American Century.

3 comments:

enigma4ever said...

quite a man....a real man...of substance....and intergrity....


can't believe he is gone...

(thanks for all the great posts here...I am blogged out today ;-) so I just have little to say....)

keep storming the castle it matters....

Dada said...

Thanks, enigma.

Here's another quote from Newman that Mrs. Dada really loved. When asked by a reporter if he'd ever been tempted to stray outside his marriage (to Joanne Woodward of 50 years), Newman replied, "I have steak at home. Why would I want to go out for hamburger?"

movie fan said...

it's hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman's Own line--high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes... very smart.