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?
Luke's prison number (37) is a reference to the Bible - Luke 1:37. ("For with God nothing shall be impossible.") See more
In the provocative roadside "carwash" scene, the blonde washes the car by rubbing her chest against the car windows and subsequently arouses the onlooking road crew (chain gang). In actuality the view as seen by the crew is obscured by the car itself. See more
Yeah well... sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.
Referenced in Flight of the Intruder
Written by Howard Washington Odum
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more