IU Cinema will screen “Cool Hand Luke” 4 p.m. March 23.
Released in 1967, “Cool Hand Luke” is a prison drama starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy. Newman plays a decorated war veteran sentenced to two years in prison after a drunken night cutting off parking meters from their poles. While in prison, he refuses to conform to the expectations of his prison guards.
“Luke becomes a symbol of hope and resilience to the other men in the prison camp — and a symbol of rebelliousness that must be stamped out to the guards and the captain,” according to review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, on which the film has a 100 percent critic score.
Luke’s resistance against the prison system and guards resonated with many anti-authoritarian American films throughout the Vietnam War, according to the IU Cinema website.
The screening is free but ticketed. Tickets are available online or at the door.