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Tommy (as Jan Michael Vincent)
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Marsha
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Carmine
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Angel Cruz
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Whacko
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Abe
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Paolo
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Herbie
Don Blakely ...
Abbie
James Victor ...
Father Rivera
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Tito (as Randy Herman)
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Bandana (as Lee Yuro)
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Karenski (as Joe Campanella)
Fernando López ...
Kid (as Fernando Lopez)
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Slagg (as Alberto Vasquez)
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Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the gang and his neighbors, it does not work. Soon he is battling the Souls and not only changing their attitudes, but the attitudes of his previously intimidated neighbors as well. Written by Ørnås

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There comes a time when we have to stand up and be counted. This is the story of one man who did.

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14 March 1980 (USA)  »

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A Pele de um Malandro  »

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Character actor Tony DiBenedetto (famous for being the Chicken Pimp in The Exterminator) has a non-speaking uncredited cameo bit at the beginning of the film exchanging mean glances with Jan-Michael Vincent. Meaning Tony was the reason Vincent was kicked off the ship they were both on. Thus setting the film in motion. See more »

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After Tom Gamble is mugged by The Souls in the station bathroom, one of them walks by Angel Cruz twice. See more »

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Performed by Gerard McMahon
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Gritty street drama.
4 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Defiance is one of those films that you can find once in awhile on cable TV at some odd hour. Jan-Michael Vincent portrays a merchant marine who makes his home in a rundown tenament that's undersiege by a local street gang. Highly enjoyable film with a depressing aura of realism. Many of the films stars are veterans of this genre. Sadly, this film has been over looked for years and it's deserves a release in the future on DVD. The movie has the markings of a cult classic.

Highly recommended if you can find it.

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