Cool Hand Luke (Blu-ray)

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His crime: nonconformity. His sentence: the chain gang. Paul Newman plays one of his best-loved roles as Cool Hand Luke, the loner who won't--or can't--comform to the arbitrary rules of his captivity.


Studio Warner
SKU 208105483
UPC 085391156819
UPC 14 00085391156819
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/28/2013
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "What we have here is a failure to communicate."--Captain (Strother Martin) to Luke (Paul Newman)
Quote "Small town, not much to do in the evenin'."--Luke, explaining why he cut the heads off parking meters
Quote "I can eat fifty eggs."--Luke|"Nobody can eat fifty eggs."--Dragline (George Kennedy)
Quote "Wish you'd stop bein' so good to me, cap'n." Luke to Captain, after he's been put in chains
Quote "He's a natural born world-shaker."--Dragline, about Luke
Total Film "...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 p.87
USA Today "...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 p.6D
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Simultaneously biting and blithe....Newman's effortless performance drives things..." 03/01/2006 p.132
Sight and Sound "Paul Newman enjoys one of his finest hours as the endlessly defiant convict in Stuart Rosenberg's prison-set drama." 03/01/2006 p.87
Entertainment Weekly "Surrounded by such great character actors as Dennis Hopper and Strother Martin...Newman has never looked more godlike." -- Grade: B 09/12/2008 p.122
Empire 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 p.170-171
Stuart Rosenberg
George Kennedy
Strother Martin
Paul Newman
Cast & Crew
George Kennedy - Star
Jo Van Fleet - Star
Clifton James - Star
Strother Martin - Star
Harry Dean Stanton - Star
Lou Antonio - Star
Paul Newman - Star
J.D. Cannon - Star
Luke Askew - Star
Robert Drivas - Star
Joe Don Baker - Star
Morgan Woodward - Star
Dennis Hopper - Star
Sam O'Steen - Editor
Lalo Schifrin - Composer
Conrad L. Hall - Director of Photography
Gordon Carroll - Producer
Frank Pierson - Screenwriter
Cary Odell - Production Designer
Donn Pearce - Screenwriter
Stuart Rosenberg - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1967
Catalog ID 1000025037
UPC 00085391156819
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Oscar (1968) Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,George Kennedy, Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Lalo Schifrin, Nominee, Best Music, Original Music Score,Paul Newman, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1968) George Kennedy, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Paul Newman, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "What we have here is... failure to communicate"...In the history of motion pictures, there are a few - but only a few - better-known quotes. Even people who have never heard of Cool Hand Luke know that line (and can ape it with an imperfect Stother Martin accent). For a movie that arrived on the scene in the late '60s, as a whole generation was rebelling against the establishment, this sentiment - that of a failure to communicate - exposed the social climate. Martin's Captain represents an oppressive, authoritarian regime, while Paul Newman's Luke is the nonconformist who never gives up...Most people would probably consider Cool Hand Luke a quintessential "guy film" (along with titles like The Dirty Dozen and The Great Escape). Although it's true that there isn't a single major female character in the film, and there is plenty of testosterone on display, such categorization marginalizes a movie that offers depth and substance. Best of all, there's nothing about Cool Hand Luke that seems dated, even 35 years after its initial release. It's as fresh and effective in 2004 as it was in 1967. The only difference is that Newman has since graduated from playing a strapping leading man to entertaining roles as a grandfather. But he's still as cool now as he ever was.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In a few movies every year, the central character seemed to be rejecting the values of the audience and stomping on its sympathy...Now in his latest film, "Cool Hand Luke," Newman brings this character to the end of its logical development, playing a hero who becomes an anti-hero because he despises the slobs who worship him...The movie hero used to be an inspiration, but recently he has become a substitute. We no longer want to be heroes ourselves, but we want to know that heroes are on the job in case we ever need one. This has resulted in an interesting flip-flop of stereotypes...Used to be the anti-hero was a bad guy we secretly liked. Then, with Brando, we got a bad guy we didn't like. An now, in "Cool Hand Luke," we get a good guy who becomes a bad guy because he doesn't like us...Luke is the first Newman character to understand himself well enough to tell us to shove off. He's through risking his neck to make us happy. With this film, Newman completes a cycle of five films over six years, and together they have something to say about the current status of heroism. Whether this was anyone's original intention is doubtful. But "Cool Hand Luke" does draw together threads from the earlier movies, especially "Hombre," and it is a tough, honest film with backbone.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily ...rivals only One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as the best movie ever made about men locked up.
Clive Hirschhorn, The Warner Bros. Story Marvelous screen entertainment.
Emanuel Levy, Paul Newman and George Kennedy are at their best at this popular prison drama...
James Plath, DVD Town Classic anti-hero story still packs a punch.
Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks of our most lived-in and pleasurably paced odes to nonconformity.
Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan What we got a classic Paul Newman drama.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever One of the last great men-in-chains films...Martin shines in his supporting role as the oily warden...

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