About

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...

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Directed by

Stuart Rosenberg

Written by

Donn Pearce (Screenplay)
Frank Pierson (Screenplay)

Runtime

126 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

What we've got here is failure to communicate.

Cast

Keywords

imprisonment prison escape loss of loved one death egg dying and death rebel barbed wire harassment boxing match

Photos

Lists

#170 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#813 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#138 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role George Kennedy

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Donn Pearce Frank Pierson

Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Music Score Lalo Schifrin

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role Paul Newman