Spike TV may not be the default go-to for critical cinematic analysis, but if there is one thing the guy-tailored network knows, it's hicks and hillbillies. And that makes them perfectly qualified to hammer out a list of the Top 10 White Trash Heroes of Cinema, a list that admirably goes looking in the "the trailer parks for succor, refuge, and justice."

It's actually a pretty fun list with some great picks on it. I'm particularly fond of Russel Casse from Independence Day, Valentine and Earl from Tremors, and H.I. McDunnough from Raising Arizona, but it's Luke Skywalker at number one that puts a big 'ole smile on my face. And it's hard to argue with Spike's rationale:

- He lives on a patch of dirt in the middle of nowhere.
- He has lots of beat-up vehicles in his front yard.
- He's a greasemonkey.
- He likes to make out with his sister.
- He lives with his aunt and uncle 'cause his dad killed his mom. With the facts laid out like that, I can't even think of a better contender for film's greatest bumpkin. I've always thought of Luke as a whiny brat in over his podunk head, but I've never stopped to think of how much of a redneck the character actually is. What else is Spike's list missing?

He hitchhikes...gets in bar fights...joins the "army" because he has no other station in life...hangs out in dumpsters and swamps...his best friends are a womanizer and a giant dog...
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