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
No one can eat fifty eggs.
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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
Just before Luke enters the church to have his talk with God, he looks toward the church which is silhouetted against the late afternoon sky. In the next shot when he starts walking toward the church, it is dark. See more
[Luke won a game of poker on a bluff
Nothin'. A handful of nothin'. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin'. Just like today when he kept comin' back at me - with nothin'.
Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
Written by Huddie Ledbetter (as Leadbelly
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more