Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 10:58:18

A Failure to Communicate

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate,” said the warden of the rural Florida prison as he stood looming over “Luke,” slapping nunchucks in his hands. Luke, the prisoner, was lying on the ground, having been knocked into a ditch by the warden.

The warden was trying to communicate that he was in charge. The movie was “Cool Hand Luke.”

Near the end of the movie, the warden and his men caught up with Luke at a church after his third escape attempt. Realizing he would not succeed, Luke went to the window and yelled out to those surrounding him, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

He was shot through the neck.