Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman
Director: Stuart Rosenberg Cast: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
, George Kennedy
George Kennedy
, J.D. Cannon
J.D. Cannon
Stuart Rosenberg

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy received one for his work in this allegorical prison drama. Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. While the avowed ambition of the captain (Strother Martin) is for each prisoner to "get their mind right," it soon becomes obvious that Luke is not about to kowtow to anybody. When challenged to a fistfight by fellow inmate Dragline (George Kennedy), Luke simply refuses to give up, even though he's brutally beaten. Luke knows how to win at poker, even with bad cards, by using his smarts and playing it cool. Luke also figures out a way for the men to get their work done in half the usual time, giving them the afternoon off. Finally, when Luke finds out his mother has died, he plots his escape; when he's caught, he simply escapes again. Soon, Luke becomes a symbol of hope and resilience to the other men in the prison camp -- and a symbol of rebelliousness that must be stamped out to the guards and the captain. Along with stellar performances by Newman, Kennedy, and Martin, Cool Hand Luke features a superb supporting cast, including Ralph Waite, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Wayne Rogers, and Joe Don Baker as members of the chain gang.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2008
UPC: 0085391156819
Original Release: 1967
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 1,281

Special Features

New digital transfer from restored pictures and audio elements; Commentary by historian/Neman biographre Eric Lax; New documentary: A Natural-Born World-Shaker - Making CoolHand Luke; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Lucas (Luke) Jackson
George Kennedy Dragline
J.D. Cannon Society Red
Lou Antonio Koko
Robert Drivas Loudmouth Steve
Strother Martin Captain
Jo Van Fleet Arletta
Clifton James Carr
Morgan Woodward Boss Godfrey
Luke Askew Boss Paul
Marc Cavell Rabbitt
Robert Donner Boss Shorty
Warren Finnerty Tattoo
John McLiam Boss Kean
Wayne Rogers Gambler
Charles Tyner Boss Higgins
Ralph Waite Alibi
Anthony Zerbe Dog Boy
Buck Kartalian Dynamite
Joy Harmon The Girl
Joe Don Baker Fixer
Chuck Hicks Chief
John Pearce John, Sr.
Rush Williams Patrolman
James Jeter Wickerman
Robert Luster Jabo
Rance Howard Sheriff
Dick Davalos Blind Dick
Dennis Hopper Babaludgats
James Gammon Sleepy
Donn Pearce Sailor
Harry Dean Stanton Tramp

Technical Credits
Stuart Rosenberg Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Gordon Carroll Producer
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Sam O'Steen Editor
Donn Pearce Screenwriter
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Fred R. Price Set Decoration/Design
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer

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