This superb, crowd-pleasing film was based upon a screenplay co-authored by ex-convict Donn Pearce (and Frank R. Pierson), from Pearce's own novel of the same name. The main character Luke (played by Paul Newman) was inspired by real-life convicted safecracker Donald Graham Garrison.

This superb, crowd-pleasing film was based upon a screenplay co-authored by ex-convict Donn Pearce (and Frank R. Pierson), from Pearce's own novel of the same name. The main character Luke (played by Paul Newman) was inspired by real-life convicted safecracker Donald Graham Garrison.

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Cool Hand Luke (1967) Paul Newman is fantastic as the anti-establishment hero, who fights an unfair system until he dies. Great film but the subversive polemic is dated now.

Cool Hand Luke (1967) Paul Newman is fantastic as the anti-establishment hero, who fights an unfair system until he dies. Great film but the subversive polemic is dated now.

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Cool Hand Luke  What we got here...Is a failure to communicate.
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Cool Hand Luke - movie poster - Marcus Reed, staring Paul Newman in ‘Cool Hand Luke’, 1967

Cool Hand Luke - movie poster - Marcus Reed, staring Paul Newman in ‘Cool Hand Luke’, 1967

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Cool Hand Luke (1967) - Paul Newman. Next question. Contains one of the greatest lines in movie history: "What we've got here is failure to communicate."

Cool Hand Luke (1967) - Paul Newman. Next question. Contains one of the greatest lines in movie history: "What we've got here is failure to communicate."

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“If my boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.” ... Cool Hand Luke

“If my boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.” ... Cool Hand Luke

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