Cool Hand Luke – failure to communicate and the Whistleblowers pain

The Long Hard Highway


Cool Hand Luke is a 1965 American prison novel by Donn Pearce turned into film in 1967 and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.  Set in the American South in 1948 (shot on location in Stockton, California).  The film starred Paul Newman and featured George Kennedy Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system.

The film, set in the early 1950. Donn Pearce sold the story to Warner Brothers, who then hired him to write the script. Due to Pearce’s lack of film experience, the studio added Frank Pierson (The Good Wife, Cat Ablbou and the Looking Glass War to  name a few) to rework the screenplay.  The “tough, honest” script drew together threads from earlier movies, especially Hombre, cited by Roger Ebert as an anti-establishment film in which Newman’s character endures “physical punishment, psychological cruelty, hopelessness…

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About Max

Poet, Creative Writer, Essayist, Political Opinionist and Reviewer. Rock and Roll fix it man with two guitars, a spanner, some glue and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis! Michael aka Max struggles to balance his continued ill luck with the limits of his condition. He also is acutely aware of the difficulties facing M.E. suffers who are abused by the system. In addition to poetry and historical fiction Michael also writes delightful and original children’s stories. He is also considering the completion of the first installment of his imaginative historically accurate stories of ex-pats stranded far from home in Asia during War World II, ‘The Orange Dragon of Old Hanoi’ (Copyright 2007, 2014). ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by aspiring British poet, writer and researcher of historical fiction, and children's author Michael J. Wormald. Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013. The Call of the Thunder Dragon Novel out now View all posts by Max

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