Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Luke Askew, Morgan Woodward
Stuart Rosenberg (Director), Donn Pearce (Screenplay), Frank Pierson (Screenplay)
Release: Jun. 22nd, 1967
Runtime: 2 hours, 6 minutes
When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison's dreaded solitary confinement cell, "the box," make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.
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Luke gets sentenced to two years at a prison work farm in the deep south where, on the periphery of civilization, Luke starts out as "New Meat" but eventually becomes the messiah of the prison population due to his refusal to conform to his new life.