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Cool Hand Luke -- A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison.

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Director:
Writers:
Donn Pearce (screenplay) and
Frank Pierson (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 November 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"What we've got here is failure to communicate." See more »
Plot:
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The 'Anti-Hero' Emerges In Hollywood See more (253 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Luke

George Kennedy ... Dragline

J.D. Cannon ... Society Red
Lou Antonio ... Koko

Robert Drivas ... Loudmouth Steve

Strother Martin ... Captain

Jo Van Fleet ... Arletta

Clifton James ... Carr

Morgan Woodward ... Boss Godfrey

Luke Askew ... Boss Paul
Marc Cavell ... Rabbitt
Richard Davalos ... Blind Dick

Robert Donner ... Boss Shorty
Warren Finnerty ... Tattoo

Dennis Hopper ... Babalugats
John McLiam ... Boss Keen

Wayne Rogers ... Gambler

Harry Dean Stanton ... Tramp (as Dean Stanton)

Charles Tyner ... Boss Higgins

Ralph Waite ... Alibi

Anthony Zerbe ... Dog Boy
Buck Kartalian ... Dynamite

Joy Harmon ... The Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Don Baker ... Fixer (uncredited)
James Bradley ... (uncredited)

James Gammon ... Sleepy (uncredited)
Norman Goodwins ... Stupid blonde (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Chief (uncredited)

Rance Howard ... Sheriff (uncredited)
James Jeter ... Wickerman (uncredited)
Kim Kahana ... Convict (uncredited)
Robert Luster ... Jabo (uncredited)
Donn Pearce ... Sailor (uncredited)
John Pearce ... John (uncredited)
Cyril 'Chips' Robinson ... Ben (uncredited)
Eddie Rosson ... Luke's Nephew (uncredited)

Rush Williams ... Patrolman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
 
Writing credits
Donn Pearce (screenplay) and
Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson)

Donn Pearce (novel)

Produced by
Gordon Carroll .... producer
Carter De Haven Jr. .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography) (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Production Management
Arthur S. Newman Jr. .... unit manager (as Arthur Newman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Barton .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Craig Binkley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Don Miller .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Wes Webb .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jordan Cronenweth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Sundby .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Robert C. Thomas .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Barney Kessel .... musician: guitar, soundtrack (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica soloist (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
126 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Ireland:15 | Ireland:12 (blu-ray) (2008) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #21450) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1970)

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Trivia:
Cameo: [Donn Pearce]as a convict named Sailor. Pearce wrote the novel on which the movie is based, after spending 2 years on a chain gang for safe-breaking.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the road tarring scene, the "boss" is walking in the midst of the crew shoveling sand in the close ups (he even gets sand on his shoes, which he inexplicably, doesn't punish), yet long view shots has him walking well, well behind the road crews' working area.See more »
Quotes:
[Luke won a game of poker on a bluff]
Dragline:Nothin'. A handful of nothin'. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin'. Just like today when he kept comin' back at me - with nothin'.
Luke:Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Green Day: Bullet in a Bible (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Just a Closer Walk With TheeSee more »

FAQ

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41 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
The 'Anti-Hero' Emerges In Hollywood, 15 June 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Perhaps one of the last of the chain-gang movies (until it was briefly shown in the beginning of 2000's "O, Brother Where Art Thou?), this has always been (1) an interesting film (2) a wonderfully photographed movie.

You hear more about the story and about Paul Newman than you usually hear about the cinematography, but it's good and this movie should be seen in widescreen. It was offered as such even on VHS.

When I looked at this film sometime in the '90s, I was surprised that the famous line from it: "What we have here is a failure to communicate," was only used twice, and the second time being the last sentence uttered by Newman. I had thought that Strother Martin had said it several times. Boy, Martin was one of the more effective villains in some 1960s film, a mean-talking sadistic guy.

This movie was another of the pioneers in promoting a new thing on screen: the "anti-hero," so it was popular in the protest decade of the '60s. Newman's character fit right into the period where the rebel is the hero and the authority figure is the bad guy. You've seen this repeatedly ever since, although filmmakers have always loved rebels.

George Kennedy gives Newman memorable support as "Dragline" and was aptly awarded for his performance. Someone who I always remembered was the prison guard who said nothing, just stared through his sunglasses. I can always picture that guy and those reflective glasses. That, and eating 50 hard- boiled eggs have stuck with me for over 40 years!

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