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Cool hand Luke
Pearce, Donn. Cool hand Luke.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 1997, 1967.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Set in the southern United States, Luke is caught cutting off parking meters and is sentenced to the "chain gang". Includes original theatrical trailer.
General Note:
Includes widescreen and fullscreen versions.

Based on the novel by Donn Pearce.

Videodisc release of the 1967 motion picture; renewed c1995 Jalem Productions.


For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
DVD 187 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Author Notes

Actor Paul Newman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio on January 26, 1925. During World War II, he served in the Navy. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1949 and later studied acting at Yale University and at the Actors' Studio in New York City. He made his Broadway debut in 1953 in Picnic and his film debut in The Silver Chalice in 1954. His film roles include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird of Youth, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, and Road to Perdition. In 1987, he won an Oscar for The Color of Money. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy Award. One of his last roles was the voice of Doc Hudson in the 2006 animated movie Cars.

In 1982, he founded Newman's Own, a line of food products, with writer A. E. Hotchner. He established a policy that all proceeds from the sale of Newman's Own products, after taxes, would be donated to charity. He and Hotchner co-wrote a memoir entitled Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good about this subject. He also established the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which is a residential summer camp for seriously ill children.He died after a long battle with lung cancer on September 26, 2008 at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)