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Director:
Writers:
Nedrick Young (written by) (originally as Nathan E. Douglas)
Harold Jacob Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
27 September 1958 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
One of the great ones! See more »
Plot:
Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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(131 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... John 'Joker' Jackson

Sidney Poitier ... Noah Cullen

Theodore Bikel ... Sheriff Max Muller

Charles McGraw ... Capt. Frank Gibbons

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Big Sam (as Lon Chaney)
King Donovan ... Solly

Claude Akins ... Mack
Lawrence Dobkin ... Editor

Whit Bissell ... Lou Gans

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Angus (as Carl Switzer)
Kevin Coughlin ... Billy
Cara Williams ... Billy's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Dime ... Townsman (uncredited)
Clem Fuller ... Search Party Member (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Search Party Member (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Search Party Member (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Bill Lovett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harold Jacob Smith ... Prison Truck Driver (uncredited)
Nedrick Young ... Prison Guard in Truck (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
 
Writing credits
Nedrick Young (written by) originally as Nathan E. Douglas

Harold Jacob Smith (written by)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Art Direction by
Fernando Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
 
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup (as Don Cash)
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Helmick .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Art Cole .... property master
 
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound effects
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as James Speak)
Wayne Fury .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Mick .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects
 
Stunts
Ivan Dixon .... stunt double: Sidney Poitier (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunt double: Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... chief gaffer
Al Myers .... camera operator
Morris Rosen .... company grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Jack Marshall .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Stanley Kramer .... presenter
Cindy James .... dog trainer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: As John and Noah are swept downriver together, a person is seen on the shore moving into the top of frame, watching the two men.See more »
Quotes:
John 'Joker' Jackson:Cullen, I can't make it.
Noah Cullen:[Holding out his arm as if they are still chained together] Come on, man, you draggin' the chain.
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Soundtrack:
Long GoneSee more »

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Superb!, 5 March 1999
Author: Tim Cox from Marietta, OH

The brilliant performances of Poitier and Curtis highlight this incredible film from the great Stanley Kramer. In the finest role of his career, Curtis shines especially as the man forced to fight for survival, not only from the law, but from Poitier, who is his enemy simply because of the color of his screen. Through their fight for survival, an unlikely kinship develops. Bikel and Williams are also wonderful in key supporting roles, as is Lon Chaney Jr.

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