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
The man...and the motion picture that simply do not conform.
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While passing by the prison camp set, a San Joaquin County building inspector thought it was a recently constructed migrant worker's complex, and posted "condemned" notices on the buildings for not being up to code. 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
[Dragline has repeatedly knocked Luke down during a boxing match
Stay down. You're beat.
You're gonna hafta kill me...
[struggles back to his feet
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments
Written by Howard Washington Odum
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more