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
He was a cool customer. . .until the law made it hot for him!
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Did You Know?
The scene where Luke is visited by his mother had to be filmed in one day. For a scene that involves 8 pages of dialogue, that was quite a tall order but because the actors involved - Paul Newman
and Jo Van Fleet
- were so talented and professional, this was easily accomplished. See more
While Luke's mother is smoking a cigarette, it gets smaller when the camera switches angles. See more
Anybody here? Hey, Old Man. You home tonight? Can You spare a minute. It's about time we had a little talk. I know I'm a pretty evil fellow... killed people in the war and got drunk... and chewed up municipal property and the like. I know I got no call to ask for much... but even so, You've got to admit You ain't dealt me no cards in a long time. It's beginning to look like You got things fixed so I can't never win out. Inside, outside, all of them... rules and regulations and bosses. You made ...
Written by Ed Rush
and George Cromarty
Performed by Paul Newman See more