Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

4 corrected entries

(6 votes)

Corrected entry: In the scene when Luke spends his first day on the road, at lunch, you see him laying down and there is a big tattoo of a mermaid on his chest. It is not there in the rest of the movie.

Correction: That is not Luke, it's Warren Finnerty in his role as...Tattoo!

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the scene when Luke's mother comes to visit him, the position of her glass of water changes from one shot to the next. (00:39:26)

Correction: The glass of water moves because Luke keeps moving it, thinking his mother, who is having a coughing fit, might like to take a sip of water to stop the coughing.


Corrected entry: In the scenes after Luke is returned to the road gang after his first escape, a large yellow van/truck is traveling on a road in the background. This type of vehicle and color were not available in the 1940s.

Correction: The film wasn't set in the 1940's; reference was made to fact that Luke was decorated for his service in the Korean War (1950-53), so the earliest setting would be mid-1950's.

Corrected entry: Luke uses an axe to chop the leg chain in half. He then uses the strips from his pants to tie the chains to his legs. He is shown only tying his left leg but when he gets up to spread the spices, both legs are tied. In the time elapsed he wouldn't have had time to tie the other leg.

Correction: They don't show him tying his other leg. But, that doesn't mean it wasn't done. Clearly, he had to have tied both legs since he is shown with both legs tied. It just wasn't shown, Time in film is neither linear nor realtime. Not a mistake.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Coco tears up the photo of Luke with the women, he tears it carelessly, starting with the upper left corner. The end shot of the movie shows the same photo, reassembled, showing a neat, cross-wise tear, with the center of the tear directly over Luke's heart.

More mistakes in Cool Hand Luke

Dragline: Nothin'! A handful of nothin'. You stupid mullet head, he beat you with nothin', just like today when he kept comin' back at me, with nothin'.
Luke: Yeah, well... sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

More quotes from Cool Hand Luke

Trivia: When Luke escapes for, maybe, the second time, the music used (Lalo Schifrin's "Tar Sequence" theme) is the exact same music that is used for the opening few minutes of Sydney, Australia's Channel 9 news service, as well as many other news stations in the US and worldwide.


More trivia for Cool Hand Luke

Question: There are two prisoners wearing chains and only underpants inside the prison; they were dancing and the guitar was being played. Can someone please tell me how the men who have chains on their legs remove their trousers for washing, them and their trousers?


Chosen answer: Either the guards removed the chains so the prisoners could take the pants off to wash them or this is a movie mistake.

raywest Premium member

Answer: In the novel, Donn Pearce gives quite a detailed description of the method that the chain wearing prisoners went through to remove their pants without removing the chains. It is a very difficult procedure to follow but it was probably true as his account is based on serving time on the chain gang depicted in the movie.

More questions & answers from Cool Hand Luke

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.