New Movies: Prisoner of Grace

The chain-gang picture has been in stir for years. Now it has turned up again, paroled as Cool Hand Luke, a close study of conditions in a Southern prison. Like its most celebrated predecessor, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Luke is the story of a simple man who falls afoul of the law and mechanically becomes destroyed by a so-called house of correction.

Arrested for knocking the tops off parking meters, Luke (Paul Newman) draws a two-year sentence. For a drifter who finds even open society confining, prison ought to prove unbearable, but Luke plays it...

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