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DVD, Rating: PG, Runtime: 127, Color, Warner Home Video, 09/09/2008
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Set in 1948, the story involves Newman as a member of a chain gang who will not bow to authority. Strother Martin's admonition, "What we have here is a failure to communicate" became a slogan for a generation.
Studio 1: Warner Bros. Video Release Date: 1997-06-24 Run time: 126 minutes Animated: Live-action Director: Stuart Rosenberg Starring:Paul Newman,George Kennedy,J.d. Cannon,Lou Antonio 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, Rovi.
New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements, Commentary by historian/Newman biographer Eric Lax, New documentary: A Natural-Born World-Shaker - Making Cool Hand Luke, Theatrical trailer.
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Warner Home Video
dvd - CLASSICS
Luke Askew, Joe Don Baker, J.D. Cannon, Marc Cavell, Dick Davalos, Robert Donner, Robert Drivas, Warren Finnerty, Jo Van Fleet, James Gammon, Joy Harmon, Chuck Hicks, Rance Howard, Clifton James, James Jeter, Buck Kartalian, George Kennedy, Robert Luster, Strother Martin, John McLiam, John Pearce, Harry Dean Stanton, Charles Tyner, Rush Wi
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Run Time: 127
Release Date: 12/7/2010
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