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
On the chain gang, they'd seen every kind of man...but Luke became a legend.
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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
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
[Discussing God and the rain
Let him go. Bam, Bam.
Knock it off, Luke. You can't talk about Him that way.
Are you still believin' in that big bearded Boss up there? You think he's watchin' us?
Get in here. Ain't ya scared? Ain't ya scared of dyin'?
Dyin'? Boy, he can have this little life any time he wants to. Do ya hear that? Are ya hearin' it? Come on. You're welcome to it, ol' timer. Let me know you're up there. Come on. Love me, hate me, kill me, anything. Just let me know it.
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Referenced in NCIS: Engaged (Part II)
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Sung by Harry Dean Stanton See more