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The Defiant Ones (1958)

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Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

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Storyline

Joker Jackson and Noah Cullen are two convicts on a chain gang who hate each other. After a truck prison accident, they flee and are pursued by the police. While they're chained, the two are dependent on one another. When they eventually get rid of their chains, their hostility has been changed into fellowship and respect. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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They couldn't like each other less. They couldn't need each other more. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

27 September 1958 (USA)  »

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The Defiant Ones  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A technical advisor on board during filming had to go uncredited, because he was a real-life chain gang escapee who was still a wanted man. See more »

Goofs

Twice they are soaked to the skin in water and mud, but come up with dry cigarettes and matches. See more »

Quotes

Law officier: How come they chained a white man to a black?
Sheriff Max Muller: The warden's got a sense of humor.
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Referenced in Law & Order: Just a Girl in the World (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Gone
Adapted from "Long Gone (From Bowlin' Green)" (1920)
Music by W.C. Handy (as William C. Handy)
Words by Chris Smith
Sung a cappella by Sidney Poitier (uncredited) several times
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The Poitier/Curtis Jail-Break Classic
2 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier continues to break race barriers with this formula jail-break drama. Teamed with Tony Curtis, the escaped prisoners encounter many situations, where their difference in color seems to matter more than the fact that both are fugitives from the law. Throughout the film, the viewer empathizes with the escapees, figuring that they always got a bum deal in life. A scene towards the end, where a single mother sees a chance to "hook up" with Curtis, shows how Curtis, although often disagreeing, even physically fighting with Poitier, still sees Poitier as an equal in their quest for freedom. Rather than "sell out" his friend, he would rather die trying to save him. The inevidable ending (remember that one of the rules in Old Hollywood was that the bad guys can never win)is quite moving.

Definitely among the established Hollywood Classics. Although many of the "old ways" have changed drastically since the late 50s, this film offers insight into a piece of Americana many people living today can still recall. An important piece of Film History, and highly recommended.


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