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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Did You Know?
Truckloads of Spanish moss were shipped from Louisiana to the set in California to hang in the trees around the prison. See more
During scene when Luke is cutting chains from ankles, he throws the axe off to his left. When one of the trackers arrives, the axe head is resting on the stump with the axe handle off to the right. See more
Where'd the road go?
That's it. That's the end of it.
Man, there's still daylight.
About two hours left.
What do we do now?
Oh Luke, you wild, beautiful thing. You crazy handful of nothin'.
Written by Howard Washington Odum
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more