Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Lou Antonio Koko
Luke Askew Boss Paul
J.D. Cannon Society Red
Joe Don Baker
Robert Drivas Loudmouth Steve
Dennis Hopper
Clifton James Carr
George Kennedy Dragline
Strother Martin Captain
Paul Newman Lucas (Luke) Jackson
Wayne Rogers
Jo Van Fleet Arletta
Morgan Woodward Boss Godfrey
Anthony Zerbe
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Stuart Rosenberg
Producer Gordon Carroll
Writer Donn Pearce; Frank Pierson
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 126 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 8.1
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. — Mark Deming
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 419
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 085391103721
Chapters 37
Release Date 2/8/2005
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen