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Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman , George Kennedy , Stuart Rosenberg    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
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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. --Jim Emerson

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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential 60s movie - a touchstone for many June 5 2004
Format:DVD
This is the perfect '60s movie. It is anti-authoritarian without being strident, a serious drama with whimsy, gritty and violent with a sexy side (who can forget the car wash scene?). Newman plays the "christ" figure and his prisoners as his disciples and believers (after he wins them over). The guards and the warden are the high priests and the Romans. And of course, they kill him in the end.
But we have some great fun along the way. Luke strips the heads off of a street of parking meters and gets a sentence far out of proportion to such a silly crime. To say that Luke chooses not to fit in is an understatement. It isn't that he takes on the system. Rather, his mere presence and indifference to the system causes it to change or to try and eliminate him as if he were some invading virus.
There are some wonderful and indelible scenes such as the egg eating, the fight with Dragline (George Kennedy), the race to the end of the road, the failure to communicate scene and the severe punishment Luke receives. It seems like you can sit around talking about scenes from this movie longer than the movie itself.
Paul Newman made Luke immortal, but George Kennedy as Dragline and Strother Martin as Captain are also essential to this movie's character and permanence.
Today's viewers might fine the pacing of the movie a bit slow and see some seams that those of us who love it might ignore, but so what? It is a classic and enjoyable film that is a touchstone for many who were young when they first saw it in 1967.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This film does NOT fail to communicate June 4 2004
Format:DVD
This is the perfect '60s movie. It is anti-authoritarian without being strident, a serious drama with whimsy. It is gritty and violent and at the same time it has a sexy side (who can forget the car wash scene?). Newman plays the "christ" figure and his prisoners as his disciples and believers (after he wins them over). The guards and the warden are the high priests and the Romans. And of course, they kill him in the end.
But we have some great fun along the way. Luke strips the heads off of a street of parking meters and gets a sentence far out of proportion to such a silly crime. To say that Luke chooses not to fit in is an understatement. It isn't that he takes on the system. Rather, his mere presence and indifference to the system causes it to change or to try and eliminate him as if he were some invading virus.
There are some wonderful and indelible scenes such as the egg eating, the fight with Dragline (George Kennedy), the race to the end of the road, the failure to communicate scene and the severe punishment Luke receives. It seems like you can sit around talking about scenes from this movie longer than the movie itself.
Paul Newman made Luke immortal, but George Kennedy as Dragline and Strother Martin as Captain are also essential to this movie's character and permanence.
Today's viewers might fine the pacing of the movie a bit slow and see some seams that those of us who love it might ignore, but so what? It is a classic and enjoyable film that is a touchstone for many who were young when they first saw it in 1967.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul NewMan as Cool Hand Luke what a classic April 6 2004
Format:VHS Tape
newman (old blue eyes) stars as cool hand luke jackson, a war hero, who gets himself in trouble with the law, and is repeatedly beaten both mentally and physically savagely by the main boss of the prison he is in.
the main boss hates luke for several reasons: everyone likes luke. he is the typical rebel , yet he has a certain aura around that people love. even the people working in the prison like luke. the boss also hates luke, because he keeps escaping out of prison, which makes the prison's security and himself look bad. the movie from beginning to end, is one of the entertaining and powerful movies by newman. throughout the movie, we see luke's exploits including his status as "cool hand" which basically says that he can do anything. there is no better scene that shows this that luke's bet that can he eat 50 eggs in one hour. this scene is terrific and humorous to watch, time and time again. george kennedy plays greg dragline, luke's best friend and prison inmante. dragline's love of luke is evident through the whole movie. whenever, luke is mistreated dragline is there to try to pick up his spirits. whenever, luke is beaten severely for trying to escape the prison, dragline is one of the first friends that is there to pick him up and attend to him. then of course, this oscar worthy film has the memorable tunes and lines that all audiences all familiar with:
"what we got here is a familiar to communicate" is paul newman, legendary and household line that critics and audiences remember. this line has also been used in over a hundred, movies and tv shows including comedies, crime drama movies and much more. the line is a piece of cult phenomena and america which symobolizes a bad situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Natural-Born World-Shaker Feb. 28 2004
Format:DVD
I personally loved this movie. The story is interesting, with a minimum of twists and turns. This movie is entertainment at its best. Luke, who is arrested for maliciously destroying federal property, (cutting the heads off of parking meters) is sent to jail for two years. He is as his name implies-cool. He has very little to say, but when he speaks, the other cons listen. Suffice it to say that he's a man who can win lots of cigarettes and money in the big house. Many humorous moments can be found in the opening hour, such as Luke's consumption of fifty eggs ('nobody ever 'et fitty eggs before) but are used sparsely in the last half. The viewer, after an hour starts to see, that even though Luke is a messiah to the other inmates, he is essentially flawed. His family life is less than satisfactory, and when his mother dies, he is expected to 'lose it', and if numerous attempts of fleeing jail is 'losing it' Luke is crazier than Hannibal Lecter. Now, what I sincerely love about this movie is that Luke is an excellent guy, he is calm and clear-headed and refuses to be just another prisoner. He is, in the end a human, but a human with a better vision for what he wants his life to be. Expect no happy ending, just watch, please. This movie is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic revisited!
I saw this title on sale and realized that it has been years since I last saw it...Newman and fellow cast members are as fun and entertaining now as when the movie first came out!
Published 6 months ago by robert d woods
1.0 out of 5 stars Received Damaged
DVD case was OK but DVD was broken inside container.The DVD must have been broken when placed in plastic holder.
Published 14 months ago by stavefalls
4.0 out of 5 stars My review for this movie
This was a good buy. I enjoyed this movie very much. Id recommend it to young adults, teens and action lovers
Published 15 months ago by Vicki Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
An all time classic prison film, with an all time classic actor. I cannot say enough great thing's about this film, but will keep this short. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joe R
4.0 out of 5 stars New Cool Hand Luke
I bought this as a gift so I did not view this. I did however see this movie many times on TV. It is one of the top 100 old films of all time in my opinion
Published 21 months ago by Terry L Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutle Classic
Before classics such as Shawshank Redemption, there was Cool Hand Luke. Prison movies strike natural curiosity in everyone and this movie is amazing. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2012 by heykers
5.0 out of 5 stars A gritty classic!
Paul Newman plays the non-conformist role to perfection. The supporting cast is top-notch. Many of them could have handled leading roles, they are so solid. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2011 by Brad Mundy
2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Terrible transfer
I'm no authority on how films are re-mastered for blu-ray but something looks very wrong here. My guess is that the film has been artifically sharpened. Read more
Published on March 20 2011 by Darren Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars My All-Time Favorite
There's just nothing bad to say about this movie. From the opening scene, in which a drunken Lucas Jackson gets busted cutting the heads off of parking meters (and gets two years... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Jude C Toche
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