Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman, George Kennedy (starring)
Stuart Rosenberg (director)
Donn Pearce (novel, screenwriter), Frank Pierson (screenwriter)

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers / Jalem Productions, 1966. Draft script for the 1967 film. Presentation Copy belonging to producer Gordon Carroll, bound in full blue leather with Carroll's name in gilt on the bottom right corner of the front board.

Based on the 1965 novel by Donn Pearce, who co-wrote the screenplay, about the experiences of a hard-nosed Vietnam veteran after he is sentenced to two years on a chain gang in a prison camp. Winner of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for George Kennedy, and nominated for three others, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Set in Florida.

Title page present, dated 9/29/66, with credits for screenwriters Frank R. Pierson and Hal Dresner, and novelist Donn Pearce. 152 leaves, with last page of text numbered 143A. Mimeograph duplication on eye-rest green stock, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 10/23/66 and 2/9/67. Pages Near Fine.

National Film Registry. Ebert III.


[Book #160717]