Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

DVD - 2008
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Lucas Jackson is a man who refuses to be nailed down, conform to rules and regulations, or fit into society, and now, he's on a chain gang. He's a likable enough guy, always smiling, always ready for a little fun. He eats 50 hard-boiled eggs on a bet and collects all the money in the camp. He's more or less like the people he hangs around with, except he won't be pushed. He knows his own mind. This makes him the only prisoner with guts enough to talk back to the bosses and the only one with nerve enough to escape. That Luke, he's a cool hand.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2008
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Deluxe ed., Widescreen
Credits: Director of photography, Conrad Hall ; film editor, Sam O'Steen ; music by Lalo Schifrin.
Performers: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Lou Antonio, Robert Drivas, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet.
Audience: MPAA Rating: GP
Language Note: Language tracks in English or dubbed French; with optional subtitles in English or French
English SDH (subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing)
ISBN: 9781419869242
1419869248
UPC: 883929023172
Call Number: DVD C

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Catch Stanton as a singing convict, performing the gospel song Just a Closer Walk with Thee, in this movie about Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) who likes to do things his own way, which leads to a world of hurt when he ends up in a prison camp -- and on the wrong side of its warden.


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Heyst
Jun 19, 2018

that's Jeff Sessions in the aviators. Well, paul newman is dead and the sadists are running the country. innocent brown children in prison at the border. brown baby jails -- that's good 'ol boy racism y'all!

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hobo57
Aug 30, 2017

a goodmovie though listed as a fiction it is a very real glimps, into the brutallty of the southern united states chain gains ofthe 40 50 60 and early70,s typical of floirida georga southcarolina alamba from whati have personalklky witnessed and expierenced my self.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

A new criminal in a Florida state prison facing a 4-year sentence, the movie's premise is based on the gallantry of Luke when being incarcerated by the malfeasance of the guards and warden. Released in 1967, this movie still holds up today as surprisingly entertaining, receiving an Academy award and good reviews in IMDB.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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ba_library
May 30, 2017

Paul Newman classic! A decorated war veteran turns to petty crime/mischief and ends up on the chain gang in some Southern prison. Paul Newman is excellent in this film and there are several memorable scenes - especially the egg eating contest! Great group of actors; George Kennedy (won best supporting actor academy award), Harry Dean Stanton, Ralph Waite and Dennis Hopper, but Newman is the star. As someone in the bonus extras says the story is about an alienated man who becomes an existential hero - great summary. Cool Hand Luke never quits or gives up, he inspires and invigorates his fellow prisoners. He frustrates his prison "bosses" and there is always a "failure to communicate." Great film if you have never seen it and even better if it has been a long while since you've seen it.

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roosevelt
Jun 14, 2015

"I can eat 50 eggs."

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lukasevansherman
Oct 06, 2014

"Sometimes nothing's a pretty cool hand."

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Me_Tarzan
Apr 23, 2014

Do you know (and, do you care?) that this highly-praised "Rebel-Without-A-Cause" prison picture is actually a little Bible story in disguise? - It's true! ~~~ With deliberate intent, director Stuart Rosenberg saw to it that throughout the story Paul Newman's Lucas Jackson character was viewed as being something of an anti-hero saint who first wins over his fellow man and, then, is ultimately crucified. ~~~ Personally, I found this whole "Paul-Newman-as-a-Christ-figure" angle to be very unwelcome. I thought that Lucas was nothing but an apathetic, selfish loser who deserved to go to prison for foolishly cutting the heads off of dozens of parking meters. ~~~ Yes. I am quite aware that Cool Hand Luke is considered by many to be a glowing gem of classic, American film-making of the 1960s. But, hey, that certainly wasn't the way it struck me. ~~~ Containing what seemed like endless "filler" scenes, this picture appeared to be more interested in giving the viewer yet another opportunity to admire Paul Newman's baby-blue eyes, than it did about saying anything of any relevance. If you ask me, it all seemed as pretentious as a plastic crucifix.

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garycornell
Apr 19, 2014

One of the Top 10 Movies Ever Made is how I vote "Cool Hand Luke". Paul Newman is "Cool" as they come. This is a Movie Classic. See it to believe it!

A pretty interesting film, from the prisoners' perspective quite fair, and it has one of the more interesting scenes in any film when it shows the inmates on a chain gang watching a woman washing her car.

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stk22
Aug 19, 2013

"What we have here is... failure to communicate." Who can forget that classic line from Strother Martin in one of my all time favorite films. Paul Newman shines in a fascinating story of a war hero turned small town loser who is busted for breaking into parking meters and sent to a work farm. George Kennedy won an Oscar for best supporting actor as "Drag Line," the prisoner boss of the camp who over time not only warms up to Luke, but begins to look up to him. Look for other supporting cast members like Dennis Hopper, Ralph Waite, Richard Benjamin, Harry Dean Stanton and others. This is a great film.

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