Thursday, August 17, 2017
6:30 pm–10:15 pm
Huntington Avenue Exterior at Forsyth Way (EX08)

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.

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.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


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

Event Policies

Films are held outdoors on the Huntington Avenue Lawn, weather permitting.

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

Per Federal and State law, the MFA welcomes trained service animals. Service animals must be on a leash or tether and under the control of the owner at all times. Emotional support and other animals or pets are not permitted on the Museum campus.

The weather decision is made on the day of the film. In case of inclement weather, the screening will move indoors to Remis Auditorium; 350 free tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Huntington Avenue Entrance starting at 7 pm. No lawn chairs, large bags, or outside food are allowed in Remis Auditorium. All such items must be checked at the Huntington or Fenway coat check. Food and beverages purchased at Taste Café may be brought into the auditorium.


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.