The thing that I admired about Paul Newman was that he wasn't afraid to play an asshole as a leading man. Sometimes when you'd stare into those eyes, you just got lost. "Jesus he was a handsome man and what i want to know is how do you like your blueeyed boy Mister Death" And of course he did play Buffalo Bill, so that's appropriate.
Conrad Hall! (I'm making the "A-OK" sign with my fingers to his imaginary camera.) Domination: As long as they can't penetrate your mind, it won't stick. The Egg-Eating Contest made me want to yak about halfway through. I was once part of an over-night renovation crew at a Walmart when I was a youngster. It felt like a chain-gang. I felt like Luke.
What we got here is... Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, the other brother from East of Eden, the dad from The Waltons... that smile, those eggs, the girl, the heat, the sweat and the chains. What's not to like? Best movie ever. In my opinion of course.
Tells the stations of the cross of Luke who gains an undeniable Christian stature at the end of the road. You may have some fun by counting the blatant and the less obvious allusions to the Life of Jesus left by the screenwriters here. Academy award (well deserved) earned by George Kennedy in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. Masterpiece.