VINTAGE FILM Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

Early in his life, Donn Pearce was caught lying about his age. Then AWOL. Counterfeiting dollars and cracking safes, too, the latter offense landing him a two-year stint on a Florida chain gang. He survived the chain gang to tell the tale of it in the novel that became the screenplay that immortalized Cool Hand Luke’s most famous line: What we have here is a failure to communicate. Clearly that’s a lie, too: it is one of the most quoted lines in film history.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Screenplay by: Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson

Starring: Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Paul Newman, Strother Martin

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Newman), Best Supporting Actor (Kennedy - won).

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