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Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke movie poster
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Produced by Gordon Carroll
Written by Donn Pearce
Frank Pierson
Starring Paul Newman
George Kennedy
Strother Martin
Morgan Woodward
Cinematography Conrad Hall
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) November 1, 1967 (USA)
Running time 126 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American film starring Paul Newman and directed by Stuart Rosenberg. The screenplay was adapted by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson from the novel by Pearce. Image File history File links Cool_Hand_Luke_Poster. ... Stuart Rosenberg (August 11, 1927 – March 15, 2007) was an American film and television director whose notable works included the movies Cool Hand Luke (1967), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979), and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). ... Donn Pearce (b. ... Frank R. Pierson (born 12 May 1925) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... This article is about the American actor. ... George Kennedy George Kennedy (born February 18, 1925 in New York City, New York) is an actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions. ... Strother Martin, (March 26, 1919 – August 1, 1980) was an American character actor in numerous films and television programs. ... Morgan Woodward is an American actor. ... Conrad L. Hall (June 21, 1926 - January 4, 2003) was a top-billed Hollywood cinematographer. ... Warner Bros. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... This article is about the American actor. ... Stuart Rosenberg (August 11, 1927 – March 15, 2007) was an American film and television director whose notable works included the movies Cool Hand Luke (1967), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979), and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). ... Donn Pearce (b. ... Frank R. Pierson (born 12 May 1925) is an American screenwriter and film director. ...

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Synopsis

Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp[1] who refuses to submit to the system. His inability to conform drives the plot of the movie, in the same vein as characters such as Winston from Nineteen Eighty-Four, McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or Holman in The Sand Pebbles. Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Peter Cushing as Winston Smith in the 1954 BBC Television adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four, with Donald Pleasence as Syme. ... Nineteen Eighty-Four (commonly written as 1984) is a dystopian novel by the English writer George Orwell, published in 1949. ... One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is a 1975 film directed by MiloÅ¡ Forman. ... The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 film based on the 1962 novel The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna. ...


Luke is sent to the prison camp for cutting the heads off parking meters one drunken night, and when asked what kind of thing that is for a man to do, his explanation is "Small town, not much to do in the evenin'. Mostly just settlin' up old scores." His unquenchable spirit makes the other prisoners idolize (and idealize) him, and leads to his Christ-like martyrdom at the hands of the authorities.[2] There is occasional Christian imagery and reference throughout, notably in the closing pullback shot of roads forming a distinct cross and of a bloated Luke laying with outspread arms on the table, abandoned by friends after eating fifty eggs. A traditional style parking meter A parking meter is a device used to collect money in exchange for the right to park a vehicle in a particular place for a limited amount of time. ...


Cast and crew

Other members of the cast include George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Lou Antonio, Robert Drivas, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet, Morgan Woodward, Wayne Rogers, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Clifton James, Richard Davalos, Ralph Waite, Luke Askew, Anthony Zerbe and Joe Don Baker. Also starring Joy Harmon, best remembered for her sexy car wash scene. George Kennedy George Kennedy (born February 18, 1925 in New York City, New York) is an actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions. ... J.D. Cannon (born April 24, 1922 in Salmon, Idaho), is an American actor. ... Lou Antonio (born January 23, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) is an actor and TV director. ... Born Robert Choromokos Drivas on November 21, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois was an American actor who starred as Loudmouth Steve in the movie Cool Hand Luke staring Paul Newman. ... Strother Martin, (March 26, 1919 – August 1, 1980) was an American character actor in numerous films and television programs. ... Jo Van Fleet (December 30, 1914 – June 10, 1996) was an Academy Award-winning American theater and film actress. ... Morgan Woodward is an American actor. ... Wayne M. Rogers (born in Birmingham, Alabama on 7 April 1933) is an American film and television actor, best known for playing the role of Trapper John McIntyre in the long-running U.S. television series, M*A*S*H. He succeeded Elliott Gould, who had played the character in... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... Dennis Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... Clifton James is an actor born on May 29, 1921. ... Richard Davalos (born November 5, 1935) is an actor of Greek/American descent who starred in East of Eden as James Deans brother and portrayed a convict in Cool Hand Luke. ... Ralph Waite (born June 22, 1928 in White Plains, New York) is an American actor whose most famous role was John Walton Sr. ... Luke Askew (born 1937) is an American actor. ... Anthony Zerbe (born May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, California) is an American stage, film and television actor. ... Joe Don Baker (born February 12, 1936 in Groesbeck, Texas) is an American film actor perhaps best known for his role as sheriff Buford Pusser in the American film classic Walking Tall. ... Joy Patricia Harmon, an actress, born May 1, 1940 in Flushing, New York. ...


Soundtrack

The original music from Cool Hand Luke was composed by Lalo Schifrin. An edited version of the musical cue from the "Tar Sequence" has been used for many years as the news music package on several television stations' news programs, mostly those owned and operated by ABC. This cue was first used in 1968 on WABC-TV in New York for their Eyewitness News newscast. Nine Network's National Nine News in Australia currently still uses an edited version of the music. Although the music originated from this film, to this day many people associate the tune with television news as opposed to the film itself. Lalo Schifrin Lalo Schifrin (born on June 21, 1932) is an Argentine Jewish pianist and composer, most famous for composing the burning-fuse theme tune from the Mission:Impossible television series. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... WABC-TV, channel 7, is the flagship station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Eyewitness News is a local television newscast format, widely used in different markets across the United States. ... The Nine Network is an Australian television network, available in major markets across Australia. ... National Nine News is the news service which operates on the Nine Network in Australia. ...


Quotations

What we got here, is ... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week. Which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don't like it anymore than you men.listen

The quotation is frequently read, "What we've got here is a failure to communicate." Both are correct. This line is heard twice in the film, first in its entirety with no "a" by Warden Martin, and later on the first line with an "a" is said by Luke. The quote also made it onto the American Film Institute's list of most memorable movie lines. This quote was also used in the beginning of the Guns n Roses song "Civil War". The phrase What weve got here is failure to communicate is a famous line delivered by Strother Martin in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... Civil War is a Guns N Roses song (written by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan), originally appearing on the 1990 album Nobodys Child, a fundraising compilation for Romanian orphans. ...


Another quote during a punishment scene is

Boss Paul: That ditch is Boss Kean's ditch. And I told him that dirt in it's your dirt. What's your dirt doin' in his ditch?
Luke: I don't know, Boss.
Boss Paul: You better get in there and get it out, boy.

In the scene there was no ditch, and Luke was forced to dig one.


Cool Hand Luke obtained his nickname after winning a five-card stud pot on a stone-cold bluff: Five-card stud is the earliest form of the card game, stud poker, originating during the American Civil War,[1] but is less commonly played today than many other more popular poker games - clear from its absence from the World Series of Poker. ... // In the card game of poker, to bluff is to bet or raise with an inferior hand, or with a hand believed to be inferior. ...

Luke: Yeah, well, sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.listen

"I'm shaking it, boss!" Luke has left the chain-gang to urinate behind a bush. He has to prove that he hasn't run away by "shaking the bush."


Reception

The movie's anti-establishment message fit well with the mood of 1960s. [3] It became a critical and financial success.


Awards

Cool Hand Luke won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Kennedy), and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman), Best Music, Original Music Score and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... As defined by Rule Sixteen of the Academy Awards Rules, the Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...


In 2005 it was added to the list of films preserved in the United States National Film Registry. The United States National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


Influences

  • On the MTV series Jackass, Johnny Knoxville holds an egg-eating contest in an homage to Cool Hand Luke's infamous scene. His contest, however, ends with all the contestants vomiting.
  • In the pilot episode of Cheers, the movie is named the "Sweatiest Movie Ever" by general consensus of the denizens of the bar.
  • In the movie Serendipity, chief character Jonathan (John Cusack) names Cool Hand Luke his favorite movie.
  • The Flaming Lips do a cover of the "Plastic Jesus" song on their 1993 album Transmissions from the Satellite Heart.
  • The Reverend Horton Heat has a song/album entitled "A Night in the Box" referencing punishments for various infractions in the prison camp.
  • In Gilmore Girls, Lorelai watches the movie with her then-boyfriend Luke, and refers to her boyfriend as Cool Hand Luke.
  • In Reality Bites, Michael comments on part of Lelaina's movie (where Troy is eating some eggs) and Troy says "It is stolen from Cool Hand Luke"
  • In the movie 25th Hour starring Edward Norton, the movie poster is on the wall in back of his couch.
  • The Simpsons
    • In the episode "The PTA Disbands!" the "that's a night in the box" line is spoofed by Jasper.
    • In "Black Widower", Sideshow Bob is seen picking up garbage on the side of the road while a Boss-like figure watches (in a parody of the shot of the reflective sunglasses) and the movie's music is heard.
  • A live version of the theme song "Down here on the Ground", is performed on George Benson's Weekend in L.A. (1977).
  • Guns N' Roses uses the line "What we've got here is failure to communicate," in their songs "Civil War, from the album Use Your Illusion II, and "Madagascar", which is expected to appear on their upcoming album, Chinese Democracy.
  • In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Sheriff Cooley wears very similar reflective glasses as Boss Godfrey and similarly rarely speaks.
  • The music video for Beck's "Where It's At" features a homage to Cool Hand Luke. The video begins with a sweaty prison crew on an empty country road, being watched over by a Boss-like figure wearing reflective sunglasses.
  • Jack Johnson has been known to cover "Plastic Jesus," including performances at Bonnaroo.
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, "Traffic Jam," (Episode 1 season 2), Francis is challenged to eat 100 "quacks.
  • In Lost Sawyer refers to Jack as "Cool Hand"

Look up jackass in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Johnny Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp on March 11, 1971 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American comic actor and daredevil. ... Cheers was an American situation comedy produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television for NBC. Cheers was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. ... Serendipity is a 2001 romantic movie, starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. ... John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American film actor and writer, born in Evanston, Illinois to a liberal Irish-Catholic family. ... The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are a Grammy-award winning[1] American alternative rock band. ... The Reverend Horton Heat is both three-piece psychobilly / rockabilly band from Dallas, Texas and the stage name of its singer/songwriter, Jim Heath (born in 1959 in Corpus Christi, Texas). ... Gilmore Girls is an hour-long American television drama/comedy that began in October 5, 2000. ... Reality Bites is a 1994 film written by Helen Childress and featuring the directorial debut of Ben Stiller. ... 25th Hour is a 2002 Spike Lee film based on David Benioffs novel The 25th Hour. ... Edward H. Norton[1] (born August 18, 1969) is a critically acclaimed two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American film actor and director. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The PTA Disbands! is the 21st episode of The Simpsons sixth season. ... Jasper Beardley is a fictional character from the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Black Widower is the 21st episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Robert Underdunk Terwilliger, better known by his stage name Sideshow Bob, is a fictional character on The Simpsons. ... This is an article about George Benson, Jazz musician. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Civil War is a Guns N Roses song (written by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan), originally appearing on the 1990 album Nobodys Child, a fundraising compilation for Romanian orphans. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chinese Democracy is the name of the long-delayed album by the rock band Guns N Roses. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a southern comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Where Its At is the first single from Becks 1996 album, Odelay. ... Look up lost in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

References

  1. ^ Florida Department of Corrections 1966-1969 timeline
  2. ^ Matthew McEver: The Journal of Religion and FilmOct. 1998. http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/McEverMessiah.htm
  3. ^ Geoff Pevere: Toronto Star, March 18, 2007. http://www.thestar.com/article/193162

March 18 is the 77th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (78th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ...

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