Cool Hand Luke (DVD)

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In this classic Southern prison drama, social misfit Lucas Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is incarcerated for a petty crime and sentenced to a chain gang. Luke is a sullen and laconic young man whose cool defiance of the sadistic warden and bullying inmates earns him the title Cool Hand Luke. But as the prisoners' respect for Luke grows into hero worship, he finds that he must risk everything in order to live up to their expectations. Filled with dozens of memorable scenes (Luke eating 50 eggs) and quotable lines (What we have here is a failure to communicate), COOL HAND LUKE is a testament to excellent screenwriting (Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson) and Newman's charm and skill as an actor. The film also features an outstanding supporting cast that includes George Kennedy, Strother Martin, and early screen appearances by Dennis Hopper and Harry Dean Stanton.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805054753
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Jan 1990
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime
121 min
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Cool Hand Luke
Release Year
1967
Running Time
127 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Classic Fight Scenes / Essential Cinema / Prison/Prisoners / Recommended / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Official Website
https://www.warnerbros.com/cool-hand-luke
Ratings
IMDb
8.1
Rotten Tomatoes®
100% 95%
Metacritic
92
Synopsis
In this classic Southern prison drama, social misfit Lucas "Luke" Jackson (Paul Newman) is incarcerated for a petty crime and sentenced to a chain gang. Luke is a sullen and laconic young man whose cool defiance of the sadistic warden and bullying inmates earns him the title "Cool Hand Luke." But as the prisoners' respect for Luke grows into hero worship, he finds that he must risk everything in order to live up to their expectations. Filled with dozens of memorable scenes (Luke eating 50 eggs) and quotable lines ("What we have here is a failure to communicate."), COOL HAND LUKE is a testament to excellent screenwriting (Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson) and Newman's charm and skill as an actor. The film also features an outstanding supporting cast that includes George Kennedy, Strother Martin, and early screen appearances by Dennis Hopper and Harry Dean Stanton.
Notes
Filmed in Panavision near Stockton, California; color by Technicolor.

Jalem Films is actor Jack Lemmon's production company.
Poster
Poster for Cool Hand Luke
Cast & Crew
Director
Stuart Rosenberg
Star
Lou Antonio / Luke Askew / Joe Don Baker / J.D. Cannon / Robert Drivas / Dennis Hopper / Clifton James / George Kennedy / Strother Martin / Paul Newman / Harry Dean Stanton / Jo Van Fleet / Morgan Woodward
Screenwriter
Donn Pearce / Frank Pierson
Composer
Lalo Schifrin
Producer
Gordon Carroll
Director of Photography
Conrad L. Hall
Editor
Sam O'Steen
Production Designer
Cary Odell
Movie Critics
Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "As a supreme showcase for Paul Newman's charisma, COOL HAND LUKE is pure magic....It was impeccably cast, superbly acted, [and] beautifully shot by Conrad Hall."
Angie Errigo (1 Oct 2008, p.170-171)
Entertainment Weekly
"Surrounded by such great character actors as Dennis Hopper and Strother Martin...Newman has never looked more godlike." -- Grade: B+
Ken Tucker (12 Sep 2008, p.122)
Sight and Sound
"Paul Newman enjoys one of his finest hours as the endlessly defiant convict in Stuart Rosenberg's prison-set drama."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Mar 2006, p.87)
Total Film
"...This is a fantastic ensemble piece led by a career-high performance from Newman and stylish direction from Rosenberg..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
Nick Griffiths (1 Mar 2000, p.87)
Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "Simultaneously biting and blithe....Newman's effortless performance drives things..."
Damien Love (1 Mar 2006, p.132)
USA Today
"...Paul Newman had one of his best roles....Much of the fun today comes from eyeing minor players. Newman's fellow rock-splitters include Dennis Hopper and Richard Davalos..."
Mike Clark (13 Mar 1996, p.6D)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: 1967 - George Kennedy