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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Did You Know?
Luke's prison number (37) is a reference to the Bible - Luke 1:37. ("For with God nothing shall be impossible.") See more
When Carr gives his famous "Night in the box" speech, just after he tells Luke he hopes he won't be any trouble, he drops the spoons with a clattering sound. In that instant, the camera cuts from a close-up to a long shot, and the cigar stump clenched in his mouth is suddenly now in his left hand. 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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Written by Howard Washington Odum
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more