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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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Director:
Writers:
Donn Pearce (screenplay) and
Frank Pierson (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 November 1967 (USA) See more »
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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 See more (263 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)

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
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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Runtime:
126 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | 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 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #21450) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1970)

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Trivia:
The first of 4 collaborations between director Stuart Rosenberg and Paul Newman.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The time period was more likely 1958 because Luke sang, "Plastic Jesus", a folk song which was written in 1957.See more »
Quotes:
Boss Paul:That ditch is Boss Kean's ditch. And I told him that dirt in it's your dirt. What's your dirt doin' in his ditch?
Luke:I don't know, Boss.
Boss Paul:You better get in there and get it out, boy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chillerama (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body DownSee more »

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95 out of 153 people found the following review useful.
The anti-hero, 2 January 2002

One of the reasons that the late 60s/early 70s was such a powerful era in filmmaking is the emergence of the anti-hero (defined as an individual with heroic qualities, but not in a position we would usually find a hero). This is symbolized greatly in `Cool Hand Luke'. We can identify with Luke because his crime is venial and his concerns over the great questions of life are ours. It is because of this and his persuasive charm that the other prisoners (played remarkably well by Kennedy and a host of others to include Wayne Rogers, Ralph Waite, Dennis Hopper and one of the actors who played a crewmember on `Alien') live vicariously through him.

Filled with memorable scenes (the boxing match, 50 eggs, the fealty of his fellow prisoners who help him finish his food after his stomach is shrunk in solitary confinement, `shakin' it here boss', the sneezing dogs, and of course the carwash part) and outstanding character development (created by what is said and what is not said, i.e. the visiting brother), one of screen history's most repeated lines and the great acting of Newman, this movie deserves to be called a classic. Released the same year as `Bonnie and Clyde', it makes one long for the days when you needed a real script to make a movie.

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