Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
I am currently writing this review with the movie Leprechaun on in the background. Well, anything would look good compared to this monstrosity, but thankfully this film is great no matter what you compare it to.
Luke is caught knocking the heads off the parking meters and sentenced to two years in prison. His inner strength makes him somewhat of a hero to his fellow prisoners. Oh my goodness, the Leprechaun just offered a character a shoe shine. Why is this movie allowed to exist? Ahem...sorry getting back on topic.
I really should hate this movie. I detest movies that try to be allegories for christ; they tend to just get on my nerves. Also, Paul Newman is absolutely great to look at but I have never been blown away with his acting skills. It is hard to tell since a lot of his characters are supposed to be rather unexpressive, but it can still make for some dull viewing. On the other hand, I love any kind of prison movie, so I was ready to give this one a shot.
Even now as I am writing this I am still annoyingly indecisive, which is probably getting on everybody's nerves. It is a great film, with quotable lines and fantastic performances. Still, I remember watching the clock quite a bit during this one.
My god what an infuriating review. Commenters unit and tell me what to think!
Bette Davis was offered a role but refused to do a bit part.