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Cool Hand Luke -- Social misfit Luke Jackson is incarcerated for a petty crime. He is asullen & laconic young man whose defiance of the warden & inmates earnshim the title Cool Hand Luke.
Cool Hand Luke -- Trailer for this classic starring Paul Newman
Cool Hand Luke -- A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison.


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Release Date:
1 November 1967 (USA) See more »
"What we've got here is failure to communicate." See more »
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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"Luke" is a character Newman was born to play - and this is one hell of a beautiful film See more (258 total) »


  (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)

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)
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
Ben Benay .... musician (studio guitarist) (uncredited)
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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126 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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One of Paul Newman's instructions to the writers Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson was that they did not write the piece for him. He wanted a part that would really stretch him and not just play to his strengths.See more »
Continuity: When Carr gives his famous "Night in the box" speech, just after he tells Luke he hopes he won't be any trouble, he drops the spoons with a clattering sound. In that instant, the camera cuts from a close-up to a long shot, and the cigar stump clenched in his mouth is suddenly now in his left hand.See more »
[Moving through the crowd, all excited about the record breaking egg eating about to take place]
Dragline:Alright, stand back you pedestrians, this ain't no automobile accident.
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51 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
"Luke" is a character Newman was born to play - and this is one hell of a beautiful film, 18 December 2013
Author: gogoschka-1 from wherever good films play

This film got me from the first frame to the last. It's not even because of the story (which I love, of course) - it's just so very well made. And so modern. The kind of angles and perspectives the camera uses, the way it zooms in and out or even allows itself (literally) to get dirty - the way this whole picture was shot is just something I haven't seen in an American film released prior to this one.

And yet, although it is considered a classic, when people talk about the "New Hollywood" somehow 'Cool Hand Luke' is hardly ever mentioned - despite the fact that it came out only a couple of months after 'Bonnie and Clyde' in 1967 and before 'The Graduate'.

I look at this film mainly as a character study but the story arc also works very well and it hasn't aged a bit. This is one of those rare films that was way ahead of its time and which has simply everything: great acting, iconic characters and scenes, wonderful music - and the cinematography is just unbelievable.

Funny, tragic and moving, 'Cool Hand Luke' is one hell of a film. What we've got here is NOT failure to communicate - but a 10 star masterpiece.

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