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?
viewed the character of Luke as an avatar for Jesus Christ. The film is packed full of Christian imagery as a consequence. See more
At one point in the movie a "white on red" stop sign is shown. In the film's late-1940s time period, stop signs were "black on yellow." See more
Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?
I thought it was a nice round number.
Written by Ed Rush
and George Cromarty
Performed by Paul Newman See more