Cool Hand Luke
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Cool Hand Luke

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Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Cast: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon

     
 

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Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy received one for his work in this allegorical prison drama. Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. While the avowed ambition of the captain (Strother Martin) is for each prisoner to "get their mind right," it… See more details below

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Overview

Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy received one for his work in this allegorical prison drama. Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. While the avowed ambition of the captain (Strother Martin) is for each prisoner to "get their mind right," it soon becomes obvious that Luke is not about to kowtow to anybody. When challenged to a fistfight by fellow inmate Dragline (George Kennedy), Luke simply refuses to give up, even though he's brutally beaten. Luke knows how to win at poker, even with bad cards, by using his smarts and playing it cool. Luke also figures out a way for the men to get their work done in half the usual time, giving them the afternoon off. Finally, when Luke finds out his mother has died, he plots his escape; when he's caught, he simply escapes again. Soon, 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. Along with stellar performances by Newman, Kennedy, and Martin, Cool Hand Luke features a superb supporting cast, including Ralph Waite, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Wayne Rogers, and Joe Don Baker as members of the chain gang.

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Editorial Reviews

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Paul Newman created one of the most indelible anti-authoritarian heroes in movie history with his dynamic portrayal of the title character in 1967's Cool Hand Luke. It's some of the best work of Newman's career, and he's ably backed by the excellent Strother Martin -- whose "What we've got here is a failure to communicate" speech took on a life of its own in popular culture -- and George Kennedy, who won an Oscar for the role of Dragline. Luke creates a rich portrait of prison life and the people on both sides of the corrections department. Co-writer Donn Pearce spent time on a chain gang for safe-cracking, and the work has an unmistakable authenticity. The story is ultimately about the senseless righteousness of authority, and about Luke, a man who manages to win even when he loses. The film would usher in a wave of unconventional heroes, from Bonnie and Clyde that same year to Jack Nicholson's McMurphy in 1975's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0883929023172
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
4,158

Special Features

New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements; Commentary by historian/Newman biographer Eric Lax; New documentary: A Natural-Born World-Shaker - Making Cool Hand Luke; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Lucas (Luke) Jackson
George Kennedy Dragline
J.D. Cannon Society Red
Lou Antonio Koko
Robert Drivas Loudmouth Steve
Strother Martin Captain
Jo Van Fleet Arletta
Clifton James Carr
Morgan Woodward Boss Godfrey
Luke Askew Boss Paul
Marc Cavell Rabbitt
Robert Donner Boss Shorty
Warren Finnerty Tattoo
John McLiam Boss Kean
Wayne Rogers Gambler
Charles Tyner Boss Higgins
Ralph Waite Alibi
Anthony Zerbe Dog Boy
Buck Kartalian Dynamite
Joy Harmon The Girl
Joe Don Baker Fixer
Chuck Hicks Chief
John Pearce John, Sr.
Rush Williams Patrolman
James Jeter Wickerman
Robert Luster Jabo
Rance Howard Sheriff
Dick Davalos Blind Dick
Dennis Hopper Babaludgats
James Gammon Sleepy
Donn Pearce Sailor
Harry Dean Stanton Tramp

Technical Credits
Stuart Rosenberg Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Gordon Carroll Producer
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Sam O'Steen Editor
Donn Pearce Screenwriter
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Fred R. Price Set Decoration/Design
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cool Hand Luke
1. Meter Man [3:52]
2. Yes, Cap'n [3:33]
3. The Rules [5:01]
4. Hard Day's Work [7:16]
5. One in the Box [2:51]
6. Lady Washes Her Car [3:59]
7. Dragline's Bad Side [2:36]
8. Not Staying Down [4:51]
9. Read Cool Hand [3:18]
10. Arletta Lets Go [9:21]
11. Short Work of a Long Road [5:37]
12. 50 Eggs On a Bet [3:00]
13. In Training [1:40]
14. Big Event [6:57]
15. Snake in the Grass [:49]
16. Standing in the Rain [1:23]
17. Requiem On the Banjo [3:47]
18. Into the Box [3:56]
19. Escape [7:41]
20. "Failure to Communicate" [3:48]
21. Shaking the Bush [2:09]
22. Chili Powder, Pepper and Curry [3:59]
23. Drag's Special Delivery [3:08]
24. "Stop Feedin' Off Me!" [3:15]
25. Another Night in the Box [1:26]
26. Boss Kean's Ditch [5:50]
27. Out of the Depths [2:45]
28. "Where Are You Now?" [2:14]
29. A Beaten Man... [2:06]
30. ...Beats It Out of There [1:15]
31. Nothing Planned [1:07]
32. Enough World-Shakin' [1:53]
33. Questions From a Hard Case [2:55]
34. Another Failure to Communicate [2:45]
35. "He's Ours" [1:56]
36. That Ol' Luke Smile [1:06]
37. Cast List [1:02]

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