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Cool Hand Luke
- Paul Newman

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Awards:
1967 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner

Cast List

Paul Newman - Oscar-winning American actor, THE COLOR OF MONEY
Gordon Carroll
Frank Pierson - Screenwriter, Director, mid '60s-early '90s, COOL HAND LUKE
George Kennedy - American actor, COOL HAND LUKE
Jo Van Fleet - American Actress
Clifton James - Star, Film and TV movies/appearances, '50s-90s, LONE STAR
Strother Martin - American Supporting Actor
Harry Dean Stanton - American character actor
Dean Stanton - American character actor
Lou Antonio - Film & TV Director/Actor
Stuart Rosenberg
Cary Odell - Art Director
Donn Pearce - Novelist/Screenwriter
Dennis Hopper - American actor/director
Sam O'Steen - American Editor/Director, THE GRADUATE (1967)
Lalo Schifrin - American Composer, THE BEGUILED (1971)
J.D. Cannon
Luke Askew - American Character Actor
Robert Drivas - Supporting Actor
Joe Don Baker - American Actor, WALKING TALL
Morgan Woodward - Supporting Actor
Conrad L. Hall - Director of Photography, Father of Conrad W. Hall
Conrad Hall - Director of Photography, Father of Conrad W. Hall

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929023172
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2008

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Prison/Prisoners
Suspense
Thriller
Classic Fight Scenes
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
Filmed in Panavision near Stockton, California; color by Technicolor. Jalem Films is actor Jack Lemmon's production company.

Reviews:
"...This is a fantastic ensemble piece led by a career-high performance from Newman and stylish direction from Rosenberg..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - 03/01/2000 Total Film, p.87


"...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..." - 03/13/1996 USA Today, p.6D


4 stars out of 5 -- "Simultaneously biting and blithe....Newman's effortless performance drives things..." - 03/01/2006 Uncut, p.132


"Paul Newman enjoys one of his finest hours as the endlessly defiant convict in Stuart Rosenberg's prison-set drama." - 03/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.87


"Surrounded by such great character actors as Dennis Hopper and Strother Martin...Newman has never looked more godlike." -- Grade: B+ - 09/12/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.122


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." - 10/01/2008 Empire, p.170-171

 
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