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The Defiant Ones (1958) Movie Information

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Stanley Kramer


Tony Curtis
Sidney Poitier
Theodore Bikel
Lon Chaney Jr.
Charles McGraw
King Donovan





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Two men on a chain gang - one white, one black - hate each other. Yet after an accident, they finds themselves free - but still chained together. The two men will have to learn to work together to avoid capture. -- Chris Kavan

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Ichabod Crane 03/04/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A message filled escape picture. That I in fact did enjoy watching because of the interactions between the two leads which I thought were in fact effective. Sure the message made sure that you notice it but It was just interesting and intense to see where the film was going to go. Although it does get a bit heavy handed with the message but does not overdue quite as much as some think. Just he Tony Curtis's character change is not perfect.

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02/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Defiant Ones" by Yojimbo

Two convicts, one black and one white, escape from a chain gang in the deep south and find they have more in common than they first thought. Having a racist and a black man chained together and having to co-operate to evade their captors is hardly a subtle allegory for racial tension but thanks to some intelligent writing and good dialogue The Defiant Ones makes for a far more interesting story about breaking down the barriers between creeds and colours than the usual heavy handed touchy-feely nonsense you'd expect from Hollywood. The characters feel a lot more genuine than the usual racial stereotypes; if it were made today, it would no doubt have Curtis' character as a pantomime villain and Denzel as some kind of behaloed, saintly innocent man who consistently turns the other cheek. Ins...

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