Paul Newman, who was Oscar-nominated for Best actor for his role, gives one of the most powerful performances of his career as Lucas “Luke” Jackson, a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who refuses to buckle under to authority, while repeatedly escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because of his gumption but the head of the gang hates him and tries to break him by beating him often. Ultimately Luke gains the respect of all the convicts but with each escape and return he is subjected to more and harsher punishments by the sadistic guards.
Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet. Remastered. Extras: Commentary, featurettes, more.
Will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray from Warner.