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1967 movie about a nonconformist in a prison chain gang
Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system.

Cast and Crew

Paul NewmanLucas "Luke" Jackson

Video Products

Cool Hand Luke (1967), 25 Jun 1997
Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition) (1967), 9 Sep 2008

Memorable Lines

Luke responding to Boss
Responding to "just doing my job" comment from Boss who is putting Luke in solitary because the prison Captain thinks he may try to escape to attend his mother's funeral
Nah - calling it your job don't make it right, Boss.
Luke responding to Captain
Responding to Captain's "For your own good" after being fitted with chains
Wish you'd stop bein' so good to me, cap'n.
Luke responding to Dragline
Response to Dragline who tries to justify why a new prisoner has to spend a night in solitary
Yeah, them poor old bosses need all the help they can get.


The Naked Truth About "Porno" Scanners, by Mark Skousen, 24 Nov 2010
Criticizes the Obama administration's decision to install "full body" scanners in airports or alternatively invasive "pat-downs"
I find it appalling that the government ... has adopted an official policy of sexual harassment against its citizens with the introduction of 'full body' scanners and pat-downs that are patently offensive. ... it is a sad commentary that TSA agents and government officials are supportive in this attack on fellow citizens. ... For those TSA agents who say, 'It's my job,' remind them of these words from the great libertarian film 'Cool Hand Luke': 'Just because it's your job doesn't make it right.'


Cool Hand Luke (1967) trailer, 1967
Includes scene and several repetitions of the famous line (number 11 in AFI 100 Movie Quotes): "What we've got here is failure to communicate"

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Cool Hand Luke" as of 5 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.