I don't think I had seen Cool Hand Luke since the mid 80s. I found a DVD today for under 3 bucks and bought it. I didn't remember it was based on a book by Donn Pearce, he worked with Frank R Pierson on the screenplay and Stuart Rosenberg is the director. Pearce only wrote three other novels. I never read any of them. Pierson wrote Cat Ballou 2 years before this movie and then he worked on some TV shows like Route 66 and Have Gun - Will Travel. He directed a few pictures I haven't seen and some TV that I have. Stuart directed a few movies that I've seen, The Laughing Policeman, The Drowning Pool, Brubaker and The Pope Of Greenwich Village.
Paul Newman plays Luke, a man with a failure to communicate. It's one of those sad movies about a guy who can't fit in and dies because of it. Everything about it is good, it's got a great script, great cast and good locations. I was glad to see it again. I'll store it away and maybe someday I'll take another look.