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A defiant chain-gang prisoner suffers a "failure to communicate" in this searing drama. Paul Newman Shines in the title role, George Kennedy as his sidekick won an Oscar(R). Year: 1967 Director: Stuart Rosenberg Starring: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon
Commentary by Eric Lax (Noted writer and Paul Newman-biographer Lax discusses the films importance to Newmans career and its place in American cinema history.)
A Natural-Born World-Shaker: Making Cool Hand Luke - RT: 28:47. (An in-depth look at the creation of an uncompromising classic, including an unblinking profile of novelist, co-screenwriter and the real “Cool Hand Luke” Donn Pearce.)
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The cast are : Paul Newman as Luke Jackson Cool Hand Luke - George Kennedy as Dragline prisoner - Strother Martin as the Captain - Jo Van Fleet as Luke's mother - Wine Rogers as Gambler prisoner - Clifton James as Carr Prison Guard - Denis Hopper as Babalugats prisoner - Harry Dean Stanton as Tramp prisoner and Ralph Waite as Alibi .
J.D Cannon as Society Red - Lou Antonio as Koko - Robert Divas as Loud Mouth Steve - Morgan Woodward as Boss Godfrey - Luke Askew as Boss Paul - Marc Cavell as Rabbit - Richard Davalos as Blind Dick - Robert Donner as Boss Shorty - Warren Finnerty as Tattoo - John Mcliam as Boss Keen - Andre Trottier as Boss Popler - Charles Tyner Boss Higgins - Anthony Zerbe as Dog Boy - Buck Kartalian as Dynamite - Joe Don Baker as Fixer - Joy Harmon as the girl washing the car Lucille - John Pearce as John .
A GP rated movie with a good picture 16/9 as for the sound only English Digital 1.0 so you need to turn the volume up than again depends on the type of Amp Receiver o TV approx 126 minutes , Cool Hand Luke still a Pretty Cool Movie for a Great Price .
Released in 1967, this film could almost be seen as the first example of "70's" cinema, a film that succeeds in being artistic in all of the best senses of the word. It famously addresses both the question of the place of the individual in modern society, and humanity's relationship to God, and does so in a deeply intelligent and endlessly thought-provoking way. And yet, it never comes off as even remotely pretentious and can be enjoyed by just about anyone as simply a good piece of entertainment.
The character of Luke is very much like the character R.P. McMurphy as portrayed by Jack Nicholson in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Both are decorated war heroes and rebels who have their freedom taken away by the system over petty offenses against society. Both are fun-loving jokers who possess incredible levels of inner strength and determination. Both decide to take on the system in a deadly battle of wills with sinister, repressive authority figures. And both end up as Christ figures, giving up their own lives, but inspiring the men around them, giving them back a sense of hope and meaning in life. "Cuckoo's Nest" swept the Oscars in 1976, but "Cool Hand Luke" didn't receive its due in 1967, and its genius continues to get short shrift. Newman's portrayal of Luke as envisioned by director Stuart Rosenberg is actually more interesting than Nicholson's portrayal of McMurphy in "Cuckoo's Nest". McMurphy is a comic, charismatic force of nature, but he has little inner life. Luke, however, is fascinating as an individual who has so many gifts, but whose life is caught in a downward spiral of self-destruction. He is an individual who can do anything that he wants to do, and yet can't find it in himself to care about anything enough to do anything other than laugh and rebel, because he can see no ultimate meaning in life. He is conflicted to the very end, searching for God and for meaning but unable to find either. The best that he can do is find what peace he can through resignation and detachment, "laughing it up" the best that he can. Luke is one of the most philosophical characters in one of the most philosophical films ever brought to the screen. You learn something about life just by watching it, if you look for it.
In addition to all of this, the direction and cinematography of this film are both original and flawless. The cast is one of the best ever assembled on film. The music is a perfect fit for the storyline. The script contains some of the most quoted and quotable dialogue ever written, and a collection of unforgettable scenes. The new, deluxe edition is highly recommeded even for fans who already have the film, as it contains a very entertaining documentary piece about the making of the film, and a very interesting and thought-provoking "commentary" study of it as well.
It simply doesn't get any better than this.