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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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
[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 A Talking Pony!?!
Written by Huddie Ledbetter (as Leadbelly
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more