Directed by Stuart Rosenberg (USA, 1967, 127 min.). In English with open captions.

Fifty years after it cemented Paul Newman’s status as an American acting legend, Cool Hand Luke is lauded as one of the greatest films of all time. The hard-hitting drama follows petty criminal Luke Jackson (Newman) who is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm. Luke refuses to play by the rules of the sadistic warden (Strother Martin) or the yard’s resident heavy, Dragline (George Kennedy, in an Oscar-winning role). Luke’s bravado in the face of his oppressors makes him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts, and a thorn in the side of the prison officers. Part of the film series Feed Your Head: Films from 1967, Cool Hand Luke embodies the defiance of a generation who took on the establishment to end a war.

Watch the trailer here.

The film will be screened on the MFA’s Huntington Avenue Lawn. We suggest bringing a blanket or low chair, a picnic supper, and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy during the film. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. Lawn games and food are available starting at 6 pm; music and art-making activities begin at 6:30. The film starts at sundown, just after 8 pm. No ticket is required.

Music
DJ John Funke of Soulelujah spins 60’s soul, funk and R&B starting at 6:30 pm.

Summer of Love Tie-Dye
Also starting at 6:30, travel back to the psychedelic era of the 1960s and ’70s and join local artist Charlotte Hamlin to discover tie-dye techniques and styles. Design your own tie-dye to bring home. All art making materials provided.


Accessibility

All screenings are wheelchair accessible and include English captions or subtitles. For more information, call 617-267-9300, or e-mail access@mfa.org.


Event Policies

Films are held outdoors on the Huntington Avenue Lawn, weather permitting. The weather decision is made on the day of the film.

All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff. Large bags, coolers, and tall chairs are not permitted.


Sponsors

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Sunset Cinema is supported by the Carlotte and Samuel Berk Fund.