Not only did it boast one of the greatest leading men, Paul Newman, it was blessedwith a supporting cast that provided the perfect complement to Newmans Lucas Jackson. Spoiler alert: What weve got here is failure to communicate is not on the list its obviously in a class all by itself. There are obviously many more quotes that are great. When he is broughtback to camp, beaten, their ideal of him is broken. After multiple viewings during the past 30-plus years here are the ones I feel are best. The remark harkens back to an earlier scene where Dragline bets Koko that Luke wont make it through his first day on the bull gang. By the way, these are not ranked, but are simply a list. If Luke is a natural born world shaker, then to say this line required more courage than running away three times. Ultimately, he may not be able to have her, but he can at least give her a name.
5.He back-sassed a free man. This is one of the first memorable lines from the movie, and the scene introduces us to the constant threat held over the men of this particular punishment an outhouse-sized structure of solitary confinement. This is the first instance of Luke doing that which others are certain he cannot.
8.Love me, hate me, kill me, anything. Its the perfect excuse for an incident youre not proud of.
7.You know, sometimes I wish people was like dogs, Luke. They think he has made it; hes free. (The religious symbolism could be a separate article.) When Luke rants during the storm in front of everyone, particularly Boss Kean, he is disturbing the institution of religion, specifically Christianity which each boss would no doubt claim to follow.
These ten quotes are what have stayed with me over the decades of watching this excellent movie. He even mimics the captains habit of spitting just a little. Theyre poignant and memorable, and can sometimes be interjected into everyday conversations. Others include new meat, bear-clawed, and eye-balling.
2.You owe that fella a cold drink. This line, like so many others in this movie can be used in every day conversation. Back-sassed is one example of terms that are frequentlyused throughout the film. The criteria are completely subjective and based on what I believe to be the most enduring. Carr says the hard case line in reaction to Lukes silently mouthing a night in the box. In order for the captain to regain his composure after Lukes public disrespecting of him, he has to say something institutional and understated.
10.Get out there yourself! Stop feeding off me! By this point in the movie Luke has become a hero to his fellow prisoners, and they want him to remainfree when he escapes. Several were destined for their own leading roles. Below are what I believe to bethe ten best. Every prisoner wants to escape, but Luke is also courageous enough to disrespect authority to its face. I first saw the movie around 1980 on commercial TV. Its also an example of Lukes almost involuntary reactions to institutional oppression.
9.Wish youd stop being so good to me captain. As the girl washing the car does more and more to make the mens imaginations run wild – and their comments in response express greater frustration – Draglinedrops this comic line. These are what you might call deep cuts.
1.I hope you aint gonna be a hard case. If, like me, youre a CHL vet, I hope these quotes have stirred up memories about the many great scenes and lines from this American classic.
6.Anything so innocent, and built like that just gotta be named Lucille. So, in this scene they abandon him. Comes a time, a day like when the bitch just dont recognize the pups no more, so she dont have no hopes, nor love to give her pain. This is a heart-wrenching scene between Luke and his mother, Arletta. Its the true confession of a mother near death yet deeply connected to her wayward son.
If youve never seen the movie, I hope this article will instill some curiosity and cause you to watch it. He is one rough old boy. And the Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson screenplay of Pearces novel of the same name gave us gem after gem of quotes that, like the chilling close-up of the man with no eyes, are as memorable today as ever. In 1967, the movie “Cool Hand Luke” was released. This is Draglines response to Loudmouth Steves inquiry as to whether they went too far in deceiving Alibi, which caused him to spend a night in the box. Just let me know it. Youre beat. This inspires his fellow inmates and makes the bosses nervous and angry. The irony here is that while the inmates may not have anything to do with a free mans rules, they do have their own set that they create and must follow on the inside. Spoken by Draglinein reference to the rules the inmates impose on themselves. But, for one glorious moment in movie history, this ensemble created movie magic; two hours of escapism a peek into the humor and humanity, viciousness and brutality of a mid-twentieth century Florida work prison.
4.Small town, not much to do in the evening. George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, and Wayne Rogers all had careers that spanned the succeeding decades. From one of the most famous scenes in the movie a scene filled with many great one-liners. Okay, its critical to understand that without this bit of genuine back-sass, Strother Martins character would never have been able to utter his legendaryquote. The question ofreligion and the existence of God are themes in the film both obvious and symbolic. Spoken by Carr, the floor walker, after listing the numerous rules each new prisoner must follow or be subject to a night in the box. The picture he sends with the two women only makes him greater. Calling it your job dont make it right, boss.
3.In order to learn em you gotta do more work with your ears than your mouth. Luke, in his unflappable, understated tone, responds with this gem. As the group is riding out to the first day of work for the new inmates, Draglinegrills Luke about his service in the war and mocks him for cutting the heads off of gumball machines. The line is comical because of the universality that the newest members of any group are expectedto observe and listen before acting on their own. They got their rules and we aint got nothing to do with that. The contrarian Luke reacts as one would expect.
As with any movie, play, or TV show, it all starts with the writing. Here are a few that just missed the cut: Stay down. Standing there in front of the entire camp, with freshly issued leg chains, he causes the low-key captain to erupt into something just beyond rage. She just dont give a damn. This final scolding lets the others know that they cant live through him; if they want what they think Luke had on the outside, they have to make their own escape.
The Ten Best Quotes from Cool Hand Luke. Its also the only scene in the movie that gives us any understanding of his life before prison other than the Captains mention of his war experience. Since its introduction that November it has cemented itself as one of the all-time great prison movies. They cant live vicariously through him if hes back on the bull gang cutting weeds. This is the statement of a mother who deeply loves her son, but cant figure out where he went so wrong. One of Lukes strongest traits is his drive to do the things everyone says he cant like keep fighting Draglineafter hes lost the fight, or eat 50 eggs. Despite being on the right path so often, he always ends up where he started, or worse. Luke utters this line as he tries, with a little help from Boss Paul to get back into the truck after his first day of work