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?
A version of the song Plastic Jesus sung by Luke after learning that his mother died, was used by radio personality Don Imus as the theme song to his Dr. Billy Soul Harkus character while broadcasting from New York City in the 1970s. See more
While Luke's mother is smoking a cigarette, it gets smaller when the camera switches angles. See more
[Moving through the crowd, all excited about the record breaking egg eating about to take place
Alright, stand back you pedestrians, this ain't no automobile accident.
There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
Written by Claude Ely
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more