CINEMA: Cool Hand Luke At 70

Paul Newman's glamour falsifies the agreeable Nobody's Fool

Imagine Cool Hand Luke, the Hustler or even Butch Cassidy somehow making it all the way to his sunset years. Then imagine him measuring out those years as an unemployed, virtually unemployable, construction worker in one of those small, featureless upstate New York towns -- still a knothead, still a wise guy in revolt against the conventional wisdom, still very recognizably Paul Newman. That, in essence, is Nobody's Fool.

Worn to perfection, the ads for this shrewd, agreeable, ultimately dishonest movie proclaim. But they lie. At 70, the actor doesn't look worn at all; he's trim and bouncy, the blue eyes...

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