Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

DVD - 2008 | Deluxe ed.
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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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures : Warner Home Video, c [2008]
Edition: Deluxe ed.
ISBN: 9781419869242
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Morgan Woodward was the character actor who played the menacing field boss, “The Man with No Eyes” in the classic movie “Cool Hand Luke,” which starred Paul Newman. Woodward’s character never takes off his mirrored sunglasses, remaining completely silent while he oversees the chain gang. Woodward... Read More »

Actor Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a Southern sheriff in two James Bond movies and playing a Southern as a cigar-chomping, prison floor-walker in "Cool Hand Luke," died on April 15 at the age of 96 due to complications from diabetes.

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Apr 12, 2019

Greatest movie ever!

Feb 20, 2019

"What we've got here is a failure... to communicate"

one of the greatest lines in motion picture history.

Such a wild ride of a movie.

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.

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

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.

JCLAngelicaR Jan 04, 2017

One of the films this country should be proud about. Excellent and timeless! Be sure to also indulge in the special features on the disc - the commentary by historian/Newman biographer Eric Lax and a documentary, "A Natural-Born World-Shaker: Making Cool Hand Luke".

Jun 14, 2015

"I can eat 50 eggs."

Oct 06, 2014

"Sometimes nothing's a pretty cool hand."

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.

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!

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