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?
In the "road-tarring" sequence, the actors actually blacktopped a mile-long stretch of highway for the county. See more
After Luke cuts his chains with the axe, he ties the chains to his ankles with a strip off his trousers. He ties his left ankle but not his right, yet as he gets up and runs away both are tied on. See more
Well that oughta be easy for a genuine son of a bitch.
Written by Howard Washington Odum
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more