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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
Paul Newman gives one of the defining performances of his career, and cemented his place as a beautiful-rebel screen icon playing the stubbornly tough and independent title character in Cool Hand Luke. And before he became familiar as a sidekick in 1970s disaster movies (Earthquake and the Airport movies), George Kennedy won an Oscar for playing Dragline, the brutal chain-gang boss who tries to beat loner Luke's cool out of him. It's a classic rebel-against-the-repressive-institution story in the line of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest or The Shawshank Redemption. Certain moments have become classics--particularly the hardboiled egg-eating contest, and the immortal line (drooled by Strother Martin, as a sadistic redneck prison officer), "What we have here is a failure to communicate." And don't forget, Luke is also the source of the oft-quoted driving ditty, "I don't care if it rains or freezes, long as I have my plastic Jesus, right here on the dashboard of my car..." He is cool, all right. The digital video disc is in anamorphic widescreen and digital stereo. --Jim Emerson
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In a superficial viewing, one sees sadness and cruelty, but in truth , life on a the prison chain gang is but an exaggeration of the trials and tribulations of life itself. Through this movie we learn that it is how one deals with them that make one heroic, or not .
These are lessons often not seen by the current generation , nose buried in Pokeman, head lost in social-media-land, and looking for "safe-spaces".
Perhaps the most influential and uplifting movie I have ever seen.
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 .
for me to understand it. Great underrated movie, a classic for all time.
Really good story to it, some funny parts, good action, some drama, just really an overall enjoyable movie to watch. I watch it anytime I see it on one of the older movie channel's like Turner Classic or AMC. After watching it, you kind of want to strut around like Cool Hand Luke and be joe cool like him.....but we all know, there is only one Paul Newman who can pull that off. Not any foul language in it, some fighting in it, teenagers would be able to watch this movie and they'd be ok with the content in it. And for any adults who haven't seen it....What are you waiting for???