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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 »
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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 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The anti-hero 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)

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 (Technicolor)
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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:
The movie's line "What we've got here is failure to communicate." was voted as the #11 movie quote by the American Film Institute. When Frank Pierson wrote that dialog to be delivered by a an uneducated, redneck prison guard, he worried that people wouldn't find it authentic. So he wrote a biography of the guard, explaining that in order to advance to a higher grade in the system, he had been required to take criminology courses, thus exposing him to the kind of academic vocabulary that would justify him using the 'communicate' phrase. But as it turned out, no one questioned the line or needed to read the fictional account.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Luke is cutting chains from ankles, he throws the axe off to his left. When one of the trackers arrives, the axe head is resting on the stump with the axe handle off to the right.See more »
Quotes:
[Dragline has repeatedly knocked Luke down during a boxing match]
Dragline:Stay down. You're beat.
Luke:You're gonna hafta kill me...
[struggles back to his feet]
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Soundtrack:
There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body DownSee more »

FAQ

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83 out of 112 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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