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
Sometimes, "Nothing" can be a really Cool Hand.
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as a convict named Sailor. Pearce wrote the novel on which the movie is based, after spending 2 years on a chain gang for safe-breaking. See more
Luke sings "Plastic Jesus," a folk song that wasn't written until 1957, well after the time period of the movie (approximately 1949). See more
[Discussing God and the rain
Let him go. Bam, Bam.
Knock it off, Luke. You can't talk about Him that way.
Are you still believin' in that big bearded Boss up there? You think he's watchin' us?
Get in here. Ain't ya scared? Ain't ya scared of dyin'?
Dyin'? Boy, he can have this little life any time he wants to. Do ya hear that? Are ya hearin' it? Come on. You're welcome to it, ol' timer. Let me know you're up there. Come on. Love me, hate me, kill me, anything. Just let me know it.
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Referenced in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Written by Ed Rush
and George Cromarty
Performed by Paul Newman See more