Paul Newman stars as petty criminal Luke Jackson, sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm. He doesn’t play by the rules of either the sadistic warden (Strother Martin) or the yard’s resident heavy, Dragline (George Kennedy), 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,’ makes him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.
George Kennedy won Best Supporting honors for his performance and Newman was nominated in the Best Actor category. 50th Anniversary Screening.