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
"What we've got here is failure to communicate."
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Did You Know?
According to Jack Lemmon
's son Chris Lemmon
in an Icons Radio Interview, Jack Lemmon was originally selected to play the part of Luke, but Lemmon, reading the script, saw that Paul Newman
would be better. So Lemmon decided to produce it. See more
During the road tarring scene, the "boss" is walking in the midst of the crew shoveling sand in the close ups (he even gets sand on his shoes, which he inexplicably, doesn't punish), yet long view shots has him walking well, well behind the road crews' working area. See more
Any man playing grabass or fightin' in the building spends a night in the box.
Referenced in The Fall Guy: Cool Hand Colt
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Sung by Harry Dean Stanton See more