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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Donn Pearce (screenplay), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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"What we've got here is failure to communicate." See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool Hand Luke See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jalem Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stuart Rosenberg was able to set up the film with the assistance of Felicia Farr and her husband, Jack Lemmon. Lemmon had a deal with Columbia Pictures, and was anxious to produce a film, in which he did not star. See more »

Goofs

After Luke cuts his chains with the axe, he ties the chains to his ankles with a strip off his trousers. He ties his left ankle but not his right, yet as he gets up and runs away both are tied on. See more »

Quotes

Dragline: That's my darling Luke. He grins like a baby but bites like a gator.
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Connections

Referenced in Mod Squad: The Teeth of the Barracuda (1968) See more »

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Plastic Jesus
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Worked at the Prison

After the Marine Corps and fresh from graduating at UC Davis, I was hired to work at the San Joaquin Juvenile Detention Center. At French Camp, near Stockton, the facility was in the middle of nowhere. When they gave me a tour, they told me that Cool Hand Luke was film there. I could see a VHS copy of the movie at their library. New inductees would be shown the film.

I never get tired of watching this movie. It's methodical, but well acted. After 25 years of leaving and finding other work, I still enjoy watching it.


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