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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  1. Donn Pearce

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Frank Pierson


  3. Stuart Rosenberg


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  1. Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Luke Jackson

  2. George Kennedy

    George Kennedy


  3. Luke Askew

    Luke Askew

    Boss Paul

  4. Morgan Woodward

    Morgan Woodward

    Boss Godfrey

  5. Harry Dean Stanton

    Harry Dean Stanton


  6. Dennis Hopper

    Dennis Hopper


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 6m

Budget $3,000,000.00

Revenue $16,217,773.00

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Release Information

  • November 1, 1967
    PG, Theatrical



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