Cool Hand Luke (1967) Poster


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Referenced in 

Luke (1967) (Short)
The Second Hundred Years: Dude Hand Luke (1968) (TV Episode)
The title is from the movie title
Laugh-In: Episode #1.9 (1968) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Joke Wall
Mod Squad: The Teeth of the Barracuda (1968) (TV Episode)
Linc quotes the famous line, "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
The Beverly Hillbillies: The Great Cook-Off (1968) (TV Episode)
Uncle Jed says, "What we got here is a failure to communicate." to the Italian cook.
Get Smart: Leadside (1969) (TV Episode)
The ARDVARC computer mimics the famous line from the movie when he states, "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
Take the Money and Run (1969)
The prison camp and the prison warden who resembles Strother Martin
The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
"What we have here is failure to communicate" said by Rev. Blue.
The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1970)
Paul Newman mentions this film.
Julia: Cool Hand Bruce (1971) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Avanti! (1972)
Line: 'What we have here is a failure of communication.'
The Centerfold Girls (1974)
Tim quotes the famous line 'What we have here is a failure to communicate.'
All in the Family: Mike Faces Life (1975) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Slap Shot (1977)
When Reggie Dunlop, while the Hansons are being bailed out of jail, states to the booking officer that "most folk heroes started out as criminals"
Brubaker (1980)
When Brubaker requests sunglasses, one suggestion is for the mirrored kind where you can't see the wearer's eyes, a reference to The Man With No Eyes who wore those sunglasses in this earlier Stuart Rosenberg film.
The Brady Brides: Cool Hand Phil (1981) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Heartbeeps (1981)
the crimebuster robot in the junkyard says "what we have had here is a failure to communicate"
Cheers: Give Me a Ring Sometime (1982) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Sumner.
Here Comes Garfield (1982) (TV Short)
"What we have here is a failure to communicate"
T.J. Hooker: Big Foot (1982) (TV Episode)
Perez mentions 'Cool Hand Luke mirrored shades.'
The Making of 'The Verdict' (1982) (Video)
This title is mentioned / referred to.
The Fall Guy: Cool Hand Colt (1984) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Dukes of Hazzard: Cool Hands, Luke & Bo (1984) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The A-Team: Sheriffs of Rivertown (1984) (TV Episode)
Murdock quotes Cool Hand Luke
Night Court: Contempt of Courting (1986) (TV Episode)
"The police recall to find Father 'Cool Hand' Luke here severing heads off of parking meters in front of his parish church."
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986) (TV Movie)
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate." - spoken by Deputy Frank
Moonlighting: Cool Hand Dave: Part 1 (1987) (TV Episode)
title reference
Moonlighting: Cool Hand Dave: Part 2 (1987) (TV Episode)
title reference
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
after Santa tells Ernest the reason he had fake money Ernest says the line "what we got here is a failer to commucate"
Night Court: Educating Rhoda (1988) (TV Episode)
"What we have here a is failure to communicate."
Glitch! (1988)
Orange Juice Squeezer: Big Hand Luke
Redneck Zombies (1989)
(as he puts on sunglasses) "What we have here is a failure to communicate"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Untamed Youth (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Anyone not behaving spends a night in the box step."
The Simpsons: Bart the General (1990) (TV Episode)
Close-up shot of Bart's sunglasses with a reflection.
Lionheart (1990)
the sweatbox is referencing "The Box" from Cool Hand Luke
By Dawn's Early Light (1990) (TV Movie)
Cheers: Grease (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Carla.
Huo shao dao (1990)
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Jake's call sign is "Cool Hand"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Guiron (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "It's Cool Hand Luke!" ; Tom: "Shakin' the bush, boss!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Caveman (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Any animal caught in the wild spends a night in the box."
The Simpsons: Black Widower (1992) (TV Episode)
same music theme when Bob remembers his life in prison
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom Servo "I'm shakin' the bush, boss."
The Wonder Years: Let Nothing You Dismay (1992) (TV Episode)
Kevin (narrator) says about Mr. Chong, "...what we had here was a failure to communicate."
The Sandlot (1993)
Dialogue from the scene at the pool mimics that of Cool Hand Luke
Rugrats: Chuckie's First Haircut/Cool Hand Angelica (1993) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Reality Bites (1994)
ReBoot: Enzo the Smart (1994) (TV Episode)
Enzo: "What we have here is a failure to network"
Major Payne (1995)
The Simpsons: The PTA Disbands (1995) (TV Episode)
the "that's a night in the box" line ("that's a paddlin'...")
Xena: Warrior Princess: The Path Not Taken (1995) (TV Episode)
Gabrielle says "What we have here is failure to communicate" in a prison situation
Stickin' Around: And Action!/Night of the Living Dumpster (1996) (TV Episode)
"We have such a failure to communicate."
Frasier: Three Days of the Condo (1997) (TV Episode)
title: "What we have here is a failure to communicate"
Home Improvement: Totally Tool Time (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Sy
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: By Inferno's Light (1997) (TV Episode)
Worf's duel with Ikat'ika parallels Luke's fight with Dragline: underdog refusing to give in even after champion tells him to yield, champion quitting because no other way to end fight
Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension: Little Buddy Beep-Beep (1998) (TV Episode)
Mitchell references the famous line from the movie about failure to communicate.
Family Guy: Holy Crap (1999) (TV Episode)
Peter drives the pope past the chain gang from this movie
Hope Island: Batten Down the Hatches (1999) (TV Episode)
This is the new video Bonita gets for the store.
Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage (1999) (Video)
mentioned once
Seven Days: Love and Other Disasters (1999) (TV Episode)
Parker beats Paul Newman's record by eating 51 pickled eggs.
Jackass: Episode #1.4 (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned. Eating 50 eggs without puking contest.
Vulgar (2000)
Yes, Dear: Greg's Big Day (2000) (TV Episode)
The characters discuss this film.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tough Love (2001) (TV Episode)
Glory: "So, what I think we have here is a failure for you to do your frickin' jobs!"
America's Sweethearts (2001)
"we're looking at a remake of Cool Hand Luke."
Serendipity (2001)
poster seen by Sara and named as Jonathan's favorite movie
Will & Grace: Grace in the Hole (2002) (TV Episode)
Will: "Did you give him the Cool Hand Luke?"
Lizzie McGuire: El Oro de Montezuma (2002) (TV Episode)
"failure to communicate" line is recited
Highway (2002)
"Takin it off over here, boss"
Farscape: What Was Lost: Part 2 - Resurrection (2002) (TV Episode)
John says: "Is that enough dirt outta your hole, boss?"
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002) (Video Game)
Friends: The One with Ross's Inappropriate Song (2002) (TV Episode)
It's one of the videos in Richard's apartment.
That '70s Show: Black Dog (2002) (TV Episode)
Kelso is waving an air gun around and accidently points it at Eric. And Eric says "Hey! Watch it with the gun Cool Hand Luke." Refrencing the film Cool Hand Luke (1967).
25th Hour (2002)
There's a poster in Monty's apartment.
Oz: A Failure to Communicate (2003) (TV Episode)
title reference to quote
Holes (2003)
CSI: Miami: Hard Time (2003) (TV Episode)
The Georgia parole board member uses the 'failure to communicate' line on Horatio, then says 'I always liked that movie'
100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Without a Trace: Hawks and Handsaws (2004) (TV Episode)
The movie and its star, Paul Newman, are mentioned in a conversation.
Saturday Night Live: Colin Firth/Norah Jones (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the cold opening
EastEnders: Episode dated 3 September 2004 (2004) (TV Episode)
Alfie says, "Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman, I wanted to be him".
Rosemary & Thyme: The Memory of Water (2004) (TV Episode)
The convict labor used to clear the garden is compared to 'Cool Hand Luke and the boys.'
Gilmore Girls: We Got Us a Pippi Virgin (2004) (TV Episode)
Lorelai, Luke, Rory and Dean plan to watch the film at the local cinema. Lorelai also refers to Luke as "Cool Hand" throughout the episode.
Aída: Memorias de una fulana (2005) (TV Episode)
Mauricio suggests to Chema that he writes a story about a prisoner who eats 50 hard-boiled eggs in one go.
Saturday Night Live: David Spade/Jack Johnson (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during cold opening
Four Brothers (2005)
The song Garrett Hedlund sings in the car is Plastic Jesus, a traditional American folk song. Paul Newman's character sang the same song in Cool Hand Luke (1967).
Today You Die (2005) (Video)
Max: "What we've got here is failure to communicate."
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) (TV Special)
Referenced by 'Martha Stewart'
Green Day: Bullet in a Bible (2005) (Video)
Tre says "No man can eat 50 eggs!"
NCIS: Frame Up (2005) (TV Episode)
Tony does a Cool Hand Luke impersonation when he leaves prison.
Saturday Night Live: Dane Cook/James Blunt (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in The Long Ride Home: The Jay Feely Story
House M.D.: Failure to Communicate (2006) (TV Episode)
the title of this episode is from a quote in this movie: "What we have here is a failure to communicate"
Cars (2006)
Lightning McQueen's punishment is to tar the road, just as the prisoner's punishment is in this film. Also, Paul Newman stars in both films.
Lost: Lockdown (2006) (TV Episode)
Sawyer calls Jack 'Cool Hand'
Gospel of Deceit (2006) (TV Movie)
Luke says that he chose his name from the Paul Newman movie.
American Dad!: Tears of a Clooney (2006) (TV Episode)
The foster children work in a line with pick-axes in a very similar fashion to a chain-gang with Roger watching over them dressed in attire like the "Man With No Eyes" in Cool Hand Luke.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.218 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Movie Catch Phrases" category
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007) (TV Movie)
"failure to communicate"
Hustle: Signing Up to Wealth (2007) (TV Episode)
Albert mentions "What we've got here is failure to communicate." to newcomer Billy Bond
Kyle XY: Lockdown (2007) (TV Episode)
Hillary quotes Captain: "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
Halloween (2007)
Big Joe Grizzley says the line "What we got here is a failure to communicate" in a voice imitating of Strothers Martin from Cool Hand Luke.
Manhunt 2 (2007) (Video Game)
A Bloodhound says "What we have here is failure to communicate."
The Apprentice: A Knight on Broadway (2008) (TV Episode)
Trace says, "What we have here is a failure to communicate"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Two and a Half Deaths (2008) (TV Episode)
Henry says, "What we've got here... is a failure... to coagulate."
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 21 May 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Dennis Miller references this film in the 'Miller Time' segment.
Burn After Reading (2008)
One of Linda's matches on an internet dating service has the username "CoolHandTodd"
Fallout 3 (2008) (Video Game)
Rory McLaren will say, "Nobody can eat 50 eggs!"
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Nana's broken sunglasses on the ground, like those of the sunglass-wearing prison boss
Splinter (2008)
(said to Seth) "Keep a cool hand, Luke."
Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) (TV Episode)
Richard Gere mentions this movie as being a movie that influenced his life.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.58 (2008) (TV Episode)
Contestant mentions the film
Californication: Blues from Laurel Canyon (2008) (TV Episode)
Hank says "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
Archie's Final Project (2009)
referenced in dialogue
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.160 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $16,000 question
A Perfect Getaway (2009)
Mentioned in dialogue by Nick, who also quotes the film
General Hospital: Episode #1.11883 (2009) (TV Episode)
"failure to communicate"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.32 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,200 clue in the category "'P.M.'"
General Hospital: Episode #1.11953 (2009) (TV Episode)
Franco: What we have here is a failure to communicate
Bestsellers (2009)
Mentioned in the film.
Saturday Night Live: Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys (2010) (TV Episode)
Quote is a question during 'Reel Quotes'
American Pickers: Super Scooter (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialog
The Cleveland Show: Our Gang (2010) (TV Episode)
Cleveland quotes the film by saying "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
Cop Out (2010)
Paul quotes from it in the interrogation room
Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Fights (2010) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention for the best fighting movie
The Simpsons: The Squirt and the Whale (2010) (TV Episode)
Homer thinks up a movie starring the whale and calls it 'Cool Hand Fluke'
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Buzz Lightyear lists infractions that will cause a toy to "spend a night in the box."
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010) (Video Game)
Mission achievement titled "Cool Hand Tosh" is a spin off of Cool Hand Luke.
The Cinema Snob: Redneck Zombies (2010) (TV Episode)
"You expect me to believe that this guy has seen Cool Hand Luke?"
Weeds: Bliss (2010) (TV Episode)
Doug says this is his favorite movie
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Ryan Kwanten (2010) (TV Episode)
Ryan Kwanten mentions this movie during interview
Dirty Jobs: Wetland Warrior (2010) (TV Episode)
Mike asks C.B. about a failure to communicate
Human Target: Cool Hand Guerrero (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Californication: Another Perfect Day (2011) (TV Episode)
"Cool Hand Ben"
Private Practice: What We Have Here... (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference to quote
Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (Video Game)
Duke: "Now what we've got here, is a failure to communicate"
I (Almost) Got Away with It: Got to Impersonate a Guard (2011) (TV Episode)
One of the detectives describe the escape from jail like the escape from the movie
Born to Ride (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Chillerama (2011)
"What we got here is a faiulre to communicate"
Arena (2011) (Video)
"What we have here is a failure to communicate"
NCIS: Engaged (Part II) (2011) (TV Episode)
DiNozzos quotes a few lines from Cool Hand Luke while in the church.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Nathan bounces ball off wall while in a cell.
White Heat: Eve of Destruction (2012) (TV Episode)
Movie title mentioned, line quoted from the film: "What we've got here is failure to communicate."
Dead Weight (2012)
"What we have here is failure to communicate."
General Hospital: Episode #1.12565 (2012) (TV Episode)
"What we got here is a failure to communicate."
The Exes: Cool Hand Lutz (2012) (TV Episode)
title reference
General Hospital: Episode dated 5 February 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Todd wears aviators and says "What we have here..."
A Talking Pony!?! (2013)
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate"
Haunted Melodies with Lalo Schifrin (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Parenthood: In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (2013) (TV Episode)
"What we have here is a failure to communicate."
How I Met Your Mother: Bedtime Stories (2013) (TV Episode)
Ted mentions the movie by name.
Grey's Anatomy: Got to Be Real (2014) (TV Episode)
Poster seen
The Chase: Episode #4.3 (2014) (TV Episode)
Question subject.
State of Affairs: Ghosts (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Kurt Tannen: "We are the road crew? Is that a Motorhead reference or 'Cool Hand Luke'?"
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Mentioned by character.
Amy (2015)
The film is mentioned.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 7 September 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Ian Fitzsimmons
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 March 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk in his remarks on the death of actor George Kennedy
Orange Is the New Black: Friends in Low Places (2016) (TV Episode)
Caputo compares the situation in Litchfield to that depicted in the movie.
Mr. Robot: eps2.2_init_1.asec (2016) (TV Episode)
Torrented copy of the film seen on Elliot's computer.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 5 September 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk
Last Man Standing: My Father the Car (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions Cool Hand Luke when talking to Joe about denim shirts
Zlaté casy: Bozidara Turzonovová a Matej Landl (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bozidara Turzonovová.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
In the clashes between Callum Lynch and his captors there are references to this movie, according to Michael Fassbender.
Supernatural: First Blood (2017) (TV Episode)
Dean says "what we have here is a failure to communicate"

Featured in 

The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981) (TV Special)
Visions of Light (1992)
Footage of this movie is shown.
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Luke Jackson is #30 on the "Heroes" list.
100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005) (TV Special)
The quote "What we've got here is failure to communicate." is #11 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #71 on the list.
20 to 1: 50 to 01: Great Movie One Liners (2007) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown in a segment on the line "What we've got here is a failure to communicate."
20 to 1: Sexiest Movie Moments (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on its car wash scene.
A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' (2008) (Video)
clips shown throughout
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 01: Sexiest Movie Scenes (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on its car wash scene.
De wereld draait door: Episode #4.141 (2009) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
20 to 1: Hollywood's Hot List (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Paul Newman.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Zombieland/A Serious Man/Whip It (2009) (TV Episode)
How to Escape Prison segment
Rich Hall's the Dirty South (2010) (TV Movie)
footage shown
Huckabee: Episode dated 6 November 2010 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip of the captain edited into commentary
Count It Down: Coolest Movie Characters (2013) (TV Movie)
Lucas Jackson is #19.
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Quotes (2013) (TV Episode)
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
What we've got here is failure to communicate
Prison Night (2015) (TV Special)
Clips shown.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Strother Martin/The Specials (1980) (TV Episode)
At Camp Beau Soleil, a French language immersion camp, "Cool Hand" Luc (Bill Murray) tries to rebell against the curriculum provided by Le Capitan (Strother Martin).
Doin' Time (1985)
reproduces the egg-eating contest, roadmending scene, etc.
Sir Norbert Smith, a Life (1989) (TV Movie)
The Simpsons: Black Widower (1992) (TV Episode)
Sideshow Bob remembers his life in prison
Time Trax: Cool Hand Darien (1994) (TV Episode)
The title of the episode is a play on the name of the famous Paul Newman film.
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby (1997) (TV Episode)
Duckman is punished by spending a week in "the box".
Life (1999)
The Simpsons: Kill the Alligator and Run (2000) (TV Episode)
The prison guard with the bull whip looks and talks like Boss Godfrey.
Malcolm in the Middle: Traffic Jam (2000) (TV Episode)
Francis makes a bet that he can eat 100 marshmallow treats. This is shown in the same style as Luke betting he can eat 50 eggs, and is shown using similar shots.
The King of Queens: Cowardly Lyin' (2003) (TV Episode)
Deacon imitates Strother Martin and tells Doug "he has to get his mind right".
The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004) (Video)
overhead shot from end of egg-eating contest
The Simpsons: The Way We Weren't (2004) (TV Episode)
The sarcastic "fat camp" counselor is much like Luke's prison guard.
Beethoven's Big Break (2008) (Video)
crazy credits: poster "Drool Hand Luke"
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
In a deleted scene Popper imitates the "What we have here is a failure to communicate" line when house training a penguin.
Family Guy: Cool Hand Peter (2011) (TV Episode)
Episode title is a parody of movie

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