A defiant chain-gang prisoner suffers a "failure to communicate" in this searing drama. Paul Newman Shines in the title role, George Kennedy as his sidekick won an Oscar(R).Year: 1967 Director: Stuart Rosenberg Starring: Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy, J.D. CannonNewly restored and remastered!New commentary by Eric Lax (noted writer and Paul Newman biographer) All-new featurettes inclu
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Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper. A headstrong inmate in a tough Southern prison camp refuses to let the indignities of incarceration get the best of him, clashing with the sadistic warden who wants to break him. Kennedy won an Oscar for his performance. 1967/color/127 min/PG/widescreen. 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