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When Luke Jackson is arrested for drunkenly vandalizing parking meters, he is sentenced to serve time on a prison chain gang. Although the warden, guards and prisoners all try to break Luke's spirit upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that Luke is not about to play by anyone else's rules. He eventually earns the respect of his fellow inmates by refusing to back down in a fight, and he earns their friendship by figuring out a way for them to get their hard labor done in half the time. Luke eventually becomes a symbol of hope and resilience for his fellow prisoners, but the more he becomes revered by the inmates, the more he becomes a symbol of rebelliousness that must be stamped out by the guards and the warden.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 46
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: That traditional object of sorrow and compassion in American folk song and lore, the chain-gang prisoner, is given as strong a presentation as ever he has had on the screen.
Fresh: A picture of chilling dramatic power.
Fresh: Newman gives an excellent performance, assisted by a terriffic supporting cast, including George Kennedy, outstanding as the unofficial leader of the cons who yields first place to Newman.
Fresh: A tough, honest film with backbone.
R.I.P. Paul Newman
If you don't enjoy this movie, your opinion no longer counts.
Do yourself a favor if you've never seen this movie before. Call in sick to work and watch it 4-5 times to make up for all the time you've wasted. Paul Newman's passing was tragic but he left behind an amazing body of work and example of how one should live their live.
This is the ultimate guy movie. Maybe Paul Newman's best role.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1967
- © 1967 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.