Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 film starring Paul Newman as a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system. One of the most famous quotes from the movie is "What we've got here is a failure to communicate," spoken by two characters at different times in the movie.
- When Maria has been magically turned back into a kid in Sesame Street Episode 4119, she leaves Luis with a heavy load of work at the Fix-It Shop. In the confusion caused amongst the customers, who are all waiting to be helped, a Fat Blue Anything Muppet utters the line to Luis in order to convey his frustration.
- In Sesame Street episode 4264, Baby Bear quotes the line to express his exasperation at Curly Bear's refusal to give up her pacifier.
- In a 2017 Vanity Fair YouTube video, Bert quotes the famous line while appearing in the midst of the classic "Banana in the Ear" routine with Ernie.
- Harry Dean Stanton played Tramp