Cool Hand Luke
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  • One of the best, by one of the best...
    One of Paul Newman's best performances, and truly one of his best films (I still don't know why I didn't nominate this in Best Picture for my personal awards); `Cool Hand Luke' is not only very, very cool; it is very, very impressive. With powerful acting and one of the most poignant and powerfully moving endings of it's time, `Cool Hand Luke' is not just a staple for avid Newman fans, but this is a film for anyone who loves film; period.

    Paul Newman plays Luke, a rebellious young man doing some time for vandalism. He's strong willed and very independent, qualities that don't mesh well with prison life. He knocks heads with a few people, not the least of which is the Captain (a ruthless Strother Martin) and Dragline (Oscar winner George Kennedy). Dragline and Captain are determined to break Luke, but for different reasons and in different ways. Dragline, the prisons gang leader, wants to break Luke into submission, but soon he begins to admire Luke's unwavering pride. The Captain wants to humiliate and destroy Luke (that midnight digging scene sends chills down my spine EVERY time I watch this movie).

    The films ending is really where the heart of the film lies, and where the characters that have been being developed become full and real and most impressionable. I won't even get into the ending (I am not going to ruin this for anyone) but just know that Luke's final decision rings so true, even today.

    It's a pure and brutally honest depiction of our subconscious yearnings.

    The acting is a huge highlight here, and Paul Newman further cements himself as one of the finest actors to ever work in Hollywood (I've been known to confess him as my favorite actor of all time). What he does with Luke is marvelous; constructing a man who is self inflicted with feelings he refuses to share, reserving himself until the end when his true afflictions are made bare. Newman creates a perfect fa?ade for Luke, a faux sense of security, which only adds to his eventual breakdown. George Kennedy was amazing as Dragline, a truly inspired performance. He's witty when needed, gruff when needed and even charming (he is the true definition of `buddy' here). A lot of people have knocked his Oscar win in the years that followed it, but he was truly deserving (even if I would have given the award to Hackman). I also want to point out Strother Martin for his devilish performance, truly spine chilling.

    So, like I said, this is a marvelous film and is one that I highly recommend to any and everyone I talk to. I'm so glad my father ranted and raved about this long enough for me to finally commit to watching it (that Paul Newman TCM marathon didn't help either) and so, in like manner, I plan on ranting and raving this film until you see it too!...more info
  • the legend
    i have watched this movie over 400 times,will never be another newman,blu-ray is crystal clear...more info
  • Cool Hand Luke
    "Luke" is a work that transformed Newman from movie star to anti-authoritarian folk hero. Clearly the actor was attracted to the dispossessed, in life and in film. His Luke is two things at once: a loser whose drunkenness lands him on a chain gang, but also a tough individualist equipped with personal courage and a defiant spirit. Top-notch support comes from Martin as Luke's wormy nemesis, and Kennedy, who won an Oscar for his turn as Luke's loyal pal, Dragline....more info
  • Forget the Blu-Ray!!! Save Your Money!!!
    The Blu-Ray Cool Hand Luke is MONO!!!!! Not even a feeble attempt at stereo or 5.1. One great movie, but don't waste your money on the Blu-Ray! Buy it on standard DVD if all you get is MONO. I was foolish enough to assume that there was no such thing as MONO on a Blu-Ray. I'm so angry over this purchase, I CAN'T EVEN SEE STRAIGHT. Truth be told, I didn't even check before buying because I wouldn't have believed that such a thing could even exist!...more info
  • Cool Hand Luke - Too Cool
    Actually bought this movie for my oldest son's 21st birthday. Both he and I think it's one of the coolest movies ever made. Don't care how many times I see this movie, Paul Newman is one Cool Dude.....more info
  • Shameful
    As a devout Christian, I was deeply disturbed and offended by the images of homosexuality depicted in this film. Naked men in showers, men in underwear dancing and embracing, sweaty half-naked men shoveling and digging - I had to turn away from the TV multiple times before being drawn back like a magnet to these lusty, repulsive scenes. And then, to make matters worse, the frightful scene with the young lady washing her car in an overtly sexualized and erotic manner. I felt as if I needed to be washed after watching that sickening scene! I had to watch it several times with my wife out of the room to fully understand its sleazy intent. This movie should be banned for its blatant acceptance of sinful lifestyles and celebration of sexual deviancy....more info
  • Best of both worlds
    I bought this DVD for my Brother's birthday and the reason behind selecting this DVD was that it gave you the option to watch either Full Screen (which he loves) or Widescreen simply by selecting the side of the DVD to play. He was thrilled with it....more info
  • Yet Another Newman Masterpiece!
    If you haven't seen this film yet, by all means, go out and rent it today! Hell, you might as well purchase it, because it is definitely worth every penny and I promise you won't regret it. It is a true classic and a movie you will want to see over and over again. God knows I must have viewed this one at least a dozen times now. The acting, directing, writing, score, etc... is top notch. Am I the only person out there who constantly poses this question - WHY DONT THEY MAKE FILMS LIKE THIS ANYMORE? Then again, there has never been, nor will there ever be, an actor quite like Paul Newman. And if ever there was a role in which Newman was born to play, this was it! Seriously folks, could you even imagine another actor playing the part of Luke? It's definitely one of his finest performances ever. The man has charm oozing out of every pore in his body.

    Along with the outstanding, understated work of Mr. Newman, this film also contains several wonderful performances by a fine supporting cast - George Kennedy (Best Supporting Actor Winner as Dragline), Strother Martin, Robert Donner, Morgan Woodward, Wayne Rogers, Ralph Waite, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper and Jo Van Fleet as Luke's mother Arletta. By the way, the scene in which Luke confronts his dying mother Arletta is one of my favorites of all-time. It redefines the word POIGNANT and I can almost guaranty it will melt your heart.

    There are so many famous lines and scenes in this movie that make this film completely unforgettable. I have yet to meet one person (male or female) that didn't thoroughly enjoy this film from begining to end. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, you are in for a treat. I still remember the first time I saw this film and how much I enjoyed it. In fact, the very next day I went to the video store (sorry Amazon, you weren't around yet) and immediately purchased it. Trust me folks, this is one EXCEPTIONAL film.

    Finally, I think we sometimes forget just how many classic films Paul Newman has been in - "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof", "The Hustler", "Hud", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "The Sting", "Abscence of Malice", "The Verdict", "The Color of Money", "Nobody's Fool", etc... etc... etc... The man is a living legend and one hell of a good human being to boot! At 82 years old, he just announced his retirement from acting. I don't know about the rest of you out there, but I for one feel like I am losing an old, dear friend. ...more info
  • Communication breakdown
    Paul Newman stars as Luke along with a marvellous cast in a prison gang film set in the deep south. Luke is a former war hero who when very drunk one night starts damaging parking meters (the very beginning of the film) and ends up serving time. Although apparently a very laid back character, the death of his mother changes Luke's attitude and the film hinges on this critical moment.

    I've always enjoyed the film in the past on TV, but was too young to have seen it at the cinema first time round. So to see it now on DVD, in widescreen, on a large TV only emphasised just how good it really is. There are many classic scenes, the most famous of which is the car wash (for the men anyway), and the attempt to eat 50 boiled eggs. Quite a few others will leave an impression on you as well.

    Its Newmans film all the way but George Kennedy (also still alive at the time of writing) pushes him close as 'dragline' in the acting honours. Also listen out for Lalo Schifrin's (Jazz Pianist and Film/TV Score writer - most famously Mission Impossible) superbly atmospheric music as well.

    The film is currently rank 118 in the IMDB list of the top 250 films of all time. Its well worth buying at any sensible price and can be picked up cheap if you look around.
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  • A must see
    This is by far one of the greatest movies of all times. Paul Newman is amazing, the ultimate rebel. Who else would cut the heads off parking meters because "Small town, not much to do in the evenin."...more info
  • "What we have here ,is a failure to communicate."
    Cool Hand Luke DVD

    Paul Newman plays Luke. A perennial loser who seems to have no purpose in Life since winning several medals in World War II. In the beginning of the movie Luke wanders aimlessly down a street cutting the "heads" off of parking meters and keeping some of the "heads" for the few coins in them.

    Why he was cutting the heads off parking meters]
    Luke: Small town, not much to do in the evenin'.

    (This very same thing happened in Atlanta, Georgia last summer and nobody would tell the police who was doing it. Obviously someone had watched the movie.)

    George Kennedy won Best-Supporting Actor Oscar as "Dragline", bull of the herd of prisoners. Dragline leads the group, running gambling and the small barracks "bank", and all the other prisoners follow his example and look to him as the source of what little self-respect they have.

    My favorite line in this movie is when Luke has tried to escape and has been beaten senseless the warden stands over his bruised body and says

    "What we have here, is a failure to communicate."

    Highly recommended for fans of Paul Newman and George Kennedy.

    Gunner March, 2008
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  • Fast Finish
    This is a study in sadism. Unmitigated psychological abuse meets up with wild heroism in the character of a complex, but silly convict, Luke Jackson (Paul Newman). Wrong is called right, justice perverted, but he turns the tables and starts to goad the "bosses" into ever more serious conflicts until they kill him....more info
  • Too Cool!
    This is a classic movie that I enjoyed very much. It's one you'll watch over and over. YOu must love Paul Newman, he really is cool...........more info
    This is my favorite Paul Newman Movie.
    The most eggs I've ever seen someone eat in one hour.
    This is a timeless classic, I rate this movie a 9 from 1to10!!...more info
  • Paul Newman's Best Movie
    This, the story of a Southern chain gang in the post-WWII South, is one of my top ten favorite movies. Growing up, it had legendary status in my household. My dad, my brother, and I quoted from it all the time. Even today, I can break into a Strother Martin impersonation ("When a man's mother dies....") that gets my dad laughing. Simply put, this is just about a perfect movie. It contains the classic eating of 50 eggs scene (where, if you didn't get the Jesus symbolism by then, is made pretty obvious). But the car washing scene is pretty classic, too (even if the woman looks more "60s" than the rest of the movie). The script is fantastic, the locations are evocative of the time and place, and the actors all put in great performances. George Kennedy won an Oscar for his turn as the prison fixture, Dragline; and unfortunately, they don't make them like Strother Martin (dead) and Harry Dean Stanton (still acting) anymore. The cast is so good that Joe Don Baker and Dennis Hopper appear, though only on the margins. And as for this movie's star, well, Paul Newman gives his best performance as Luke, who epitomizes the American rebel. Think James Dean goes to prison and you have Cool Hand Luke. It's hard to believe Newman was around 40 when he made this movie. He looks a lot younger. The book the movie is based on was written by an ex-con safecracker, who had served time on a chain gang. The movie certainly has authenticity (even though it was filmed in Stockton, California, not the Deep South). For me, this is Newman's best movie, a great story about a man's self-destructive rebellion against authority....more info