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).See all nominees