Cool hand Luke

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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
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Grouped Work ID4557d966-0bdf-4aaf-7ebb-0ca641b3402f
Grouping Titlecool hand luke
Grouping Authorwarner bros pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2019-12-06 15:40:55PM
Last Indexed2019-12-06 15:43:06PM

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auth_author2Cannon, J. D. 1922-2005,
Cannon, J. D. 1922-2005.
Carroll, Gordon, 1928-2005,
Carroll, Gordon, 1928-2005.
Kennedy, George, 1925-2016,
Kennedy, George, 1925-2016.
Martin, Strother, 1919-1980,
Newman, Paul, 1925-2008,
Newman, Paul, 1925-2008.
Pearce, Donn,
Pearce, Donn.
Pierson, Frank R.
Pierson, Frank R.,
Rosenberg, Stuart, 1927-2007,
Rosenberg, Stuart, 1927-2007.
Schifrin, Lalo,
Van Fleet, Jo, 1914-1996,
author2-roleCannon, J. D.1922-2005,actor.
Cannon, J. D.1922-2005.
Carroll, Gordon,1928-2005,producer.
Carroll, Gordon,1928-2005.
Jalem Productions.
Kennedy, George,1925-2016,actor.
Kennedy, George,1925-2016.
Martin, Strother,1919-1980,actor.
Newman, Paul,1925-2008,actor.
Newman, Paul,1925-2008.
Pearce, Donn,screenwriter.
Pearce, Donn.
Pearce, Donn.Cool Hand Luke.
Pierson, Frank R.
Pierson, Frank R.,screenwriter.
Rosenberg, Stuart,1927-2007,director.
Rosenberg, Stuart,1927-2007.
Schifrin, Lalo,composer.
Van Fleet, Jo,1914-1996,actor.
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Warner Home Video (Firm)
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display_descriptionSet in the southern United States, Luke is caught cutting off parking meters and is sentenced to the "chain gang." 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. That Luke, he's a cool hand.
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subject_facetAction and adventure films
Chain gangs
Chain gangs -- United States -- Drama
Escapes -- United States -- Drama
Feature films
Feature films -- United States
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Films for the hearing impaired
National Film Registry
Pearce, Donn
Pearce, Donn. -- Film adaptations
Prison discipline
Prison discipline -- United States -- Drama
Prison films
Prison wardens
Prison wardens -- United States -- Drama
Prisons -- United States -- Drama
United States
Video recordings
title_displayCool hand Luke
title_fullCool hand Luke [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures ; a Jalem production ; screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank R. Pierson ; produced by Gordon Carroll ; directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Cool hand Luke [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; produced by Gordon Carroll ; screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank R. Pierson ; directed by Stuart Rosenberg
title_shortCool hand Luke
topic_facetChain gangs
Pearce, Donn
Prison discipline
Prison wardens