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Donn Pearce

It's been said that if Donn Pearce is remembered at all, it won't be for having written "Cool Hand Luke," his acclaimed but little-read novel about his life as a convict on a southern chain gang, but for the classic movie based on it. Starring Paul Newman in the Oscar-nominated title role, Cool Hand Luke (1967) was both a critical and commercial ... See full bio »

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 1979 Love for Rent (TV Movie) (story)
 1967 Cool Hand Luke (novel) / (screenplay)
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 1967 Cool Hand Luke
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 2008 A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' (Video documentary short)
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 1972 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
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- Episode #4.192 (1972) ... Himself
 1966 To Tell the Truth (TV Series)
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- Episode dated 21 March 1966 (1966) ... Himself

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Reportedly dislikes the famous line that Cool Hand Luke (1967) is best remembered for: "What we've got here is failure to communicate." It's a bit of business credited to him but it wasn't in the book. He's convinced it's not something that a "redneck" guard would ever say. Even Bartlett's Familiar Quotations got it wrong and credited the line to Pearce. But in its 16th Edition, Bartlett made a ... See more »

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