Cool Hand Luke

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Cool Hand Luke ★★★½ 1967

One of the last great meninchains films. A man (Newman) sentenced to sweat out a term on a prison farm refuses to compromise with authority. Martin shines in his supporting role as the oily warden, uttering that nowfamous phrase, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Kennedy's performance as leader of the chain gang won him an Oscar. Based on the novel by Donn Pearce. 126m/C VHS, DVD . Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Strother Martin, Dennis Hopper, Anthony Zerbe, Lou Antonio, Wayne Rogers, Harry Dean Stanton, Ralph Waite, Joe Don Baker, Richard (Dick) Davalos, Jo Van Fleet, Robert Drivas, Clifton James, Morgan Woodward, Luke Askew, Robert Donner, Warren Finnerty, James Gammon, Rance Howard, Buck Kartalian, John McLiam, Charles Tyner, Donn Pearce, Marc Cavell, Charles Hicks, James Jeter, Robert Luster, John Pearce, Eddie Rosson; D: Stuart Rosenberg; W: Frank Pierson, Donn Pearce; C: Conrad L. Hall; M: Lalo Schifrin. Oscars '67: Support. Actor (Kennedy), Natl. Film Reg. '05.