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
The man...and the motion picture that simply do not conform.
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Did You Know?
According to Jack Lemmon
's son Chris Lemmon
in an Icons Radio Interview, Jack Lemmon was originally selected to play the part of Luke, but Lemmon, reading the script, saw that Paul Newman
would be better. So Lemmon decided to produce it. See more
Dollar bills seen during egg eating contest is Sixties-era money, not that of decades-earlier period in which movie takes place. See more
[on visiting day
Uncle Luke? Why can't *you* have chains?
John-boy, lemme tell you something. You know, them chains ain't medals. You get 'em for making mistakes. And you make a *bad* enough mistake, and then you gotta deal with the Man. And he is one rough old boy.
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