by Conor Friedersdorf

A reader writes:

An "aspirational identification" would probably best describe the impact Cool Hand Luke had on me - specifically the scene where Luke and the chain gang are tarring the road.  I never had visions of grandeur for myself.  I always saw myself as just a regular guy.  However, when I watched this scene, it capture so much of who I am and what I would like to be.  The later is easy, just look at Newman, the whit, charm and good looks.  The who I am didn't really come out until later in life, but it was always there.  I like to challenge the establishment, nothing bold or brash, I'm no revolutionary.  I just like sticking it to the man from time to time. It never makes a difference in the larger scheme of things, but it does make me smile.

That is one of my favorite all-time scenes.

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