Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. Written by
On the chain gang, they'd seen every kind of man...but Luke became a legend.
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Did You Know?
200 hard boiled eggs were provided for the one of the film's most famous sequences. Due to clever editing, Paul Newman
only ate about 8 in total. The rest of the eggs were all consumed by the rest of the cast and crew which led to extreme cases of flatulence the next day. See more
When Luke is cutting chains from ankles, he throws the axe off to his left. When one of the trackers arrives, the axe head is resting on the stump with the axe handle off to the right. See more
Sorry, Luke. I'm just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.
Nah - calling it your job don't make it right, Boss.
There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
Written by Claude Ely
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more