American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Cool Hand Luke" (1967)


'Captain' Identifies The Problem Behind Luke's Escape


Captain: You gonna get used to wearin' them chains after awhile, Luke. Don't you never stop listenin' to them clinking, cause they gonna remind you of what I've been saying -- for your own good.  

Luke: I wish you'd stop being so good to me, Cap'm.


Captain: Don't you ever talk that way to me. Never! Never!


[addressing prisoners]


Captain: What we've got here is failure to communicate.

Some men, you just can't reach.

So you get what we had here last week -- which is the way he wants it.

Well, he gets it.

And I don't like it anymore than you men.

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