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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
Lenny Montana ...
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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)
Lee Fraser ...
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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Because of this film Theresa Saldana gained a stalker. The Stalker stabbed her ten times in the torso. Theresa survived and went on to play herself in a Television Movie based on the events. See more »

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When Tommy is about to be stabbed by one of the Souls at the basketball court, he stands up and screams, "You wanna cut me man, come on clown cut me!" but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

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High Noon in Gotham
3 October 2003 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

Merchant seaman Tommy Gamble, Jan-Michael Vincent, is strander in New York City because of some trouble he had with the captain of the freighter that he sailed on the last time he was out at sea.

Finding a place to stay in the lower east side he's confronted by a gang of local toughs, The Souls, and shows them he's not intimidated by them like everyone else in the neighborhood is.

Although Tommy is reluctant to become one he ends up not just becoming a hero but an inspiration to every one in the neighborhood. Showing them that by standing up and fighting back against thugs is much better then giving into them. The whole neighborhood, who for a long time was too scared and intimidated by the gang-bangers to confront them, rises up against them and runs them out of town. Tommy not only gets the girl Marsha, Theresa Saldana, but all his neighbors gratitude and respect as well.

Uplifting little film made much along the lines of that old western "High Noon", It's in that film where the sheriff, Gary Cooper, is forced to take on a gang of outlaws by himself because nobody in town would come to his aid who In the end, after dispatching them single handedly, throws away his badge and rides off with his girl, Grace Kelly, into the sunset leaving the cowardly towns people behind. The difference in "Defiance" is that Tommy was only able to clean up the town from the outlaws with the help of the towns people which made the movie more realistic and believable.


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