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Cool Hand Luke ()


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A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations.
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Luke
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Dragline
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Society Red
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Koko
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Loudmouth Steve
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Captain
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Arletta
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Carr
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Boss Godfrey
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Boss Paul
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Rabbitt
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Blind Dick
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Boss Shorty
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Tattoo
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Babalugats
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Boss Keen
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Gambler
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Tramp (as Dean Stanton)
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Boss Higgins
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Alibi
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Dog Boy
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Dynamite
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The Girl
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Fixer (uncredited)
James Bradley Jr. ...
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Sleepy (uncredited)
Norman Goodwins ...
Stupid blonde (uncredited)
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Chief (uncredited)
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Sheriff (uncredited)
James Jeter ...
Wickerman (uncredited)
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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)
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Patrolman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Stuart Rosenberg

Written by

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Donn Pearce ... (screenplay) and
Frank Pierson ... (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson)
 
Donn Pearce ... (novel)
 
Hal Dresner ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Gordon Carroll ... producer
Carter De Haven Jr. ... associate producer

Music by

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Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

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Conrad L. Hall ... director of photography (as Conrad Hall)

Film Editing by

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Sam O'Steen

Art Direction by

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Cary Odell

Set Decoration by

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Fred Price

Costume Design by

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Howard Shoup

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly ... supervising hair stylist

Production Management

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Arthur S. Newman Jr. ... unit manager (as Arthur Newman)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hank Moonjean ... assistant director

Art Department

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John Barton ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Craig Binkley ... set dresser (uncredited)
Frank L. Brown ... set dresser (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Don Miller ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Wes Webb ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Larry Jost ... sound
Dan Wallin ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Stunts

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M. James Arnett ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jordan Cronenweth ... camera operator (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones ... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited) / rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Sundby ... chief electrician (uncredited)
Robert C. Thomas ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ben Benay ... musician (uncredited) (studio guitarist)
Barney Kessel ... musician: guitar, soundtrack (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan ... musician: harmonica soloist (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... unit driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines "What we've got here is failure to communicate." See more »
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Also Known As
  • Luke la main froide (France)
  • Der Unbeugsame (Germany)
  • La llegenda de l'indomable (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La leyenda del indomable (Spain)
  • Hladnoruki kažnjenik (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,200,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $16,217,773

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the "road-tarring" sequence, the actors actually blacktopped a mile-long stretch of highway for the county. See more »
Goofs At one point in the movie a "white on red" stop sign is shown. In the film's late-1940s time period, stop signs were "black on yellow." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Plastic Jesus See more »
Quotes Captain: What we've got here is... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach.
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