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
Sometimes, "Nothing" can be a really Cool Hand.
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Did You Know?
as a convict named Sailor. Pearce wrote the novel on which the movie is based, after spending 2 years on a chain gang for safe-breaking. See more
Luke sings "Plastic Jesus," a folk song that wasn't written until 1957, well after the time period of the movie (approximately 1949). See more
Look Cap'n, look what he done to Blue. He's dead, he's dead. he run himself plum to death.
Referenced in Splinter
There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
Written by Claude Ely
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more