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Defiance (1980)

 -  Action | Drama | Crime  -  14 March 1980 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy (as Jan Michael Vincent)
Angel Cruz
Lenny Montana ...
Santos Morales ...
Don Blakely ...
James Victor ...
Father Rivera
Randy Hermann ...
Tito (as Randy Herman)
Lee Fraser ...
Bandana (as Lee Yuro)
Joseph Campanella ...
Karenski (as Joe Campanella)
Fernando López ...
Kid (as Fernando Lopez)
Slagg (as Alberto Vasquez)


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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gang | new york | street | terror | violence | See more »


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


Action | Drama | Crime


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14 March 1980 (USA)  »

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The total number of Soul members varies constantly. See more »


Hot Town Streets
Composed by Gerard McMahon
Performed by Gerard McMahon
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"Go back across the street with your girlfriends before I wrap this six-pack around your neck" or something to that effect.
24 May 2003 | by (Maspeth) – See all my reviews

Type of film which back then had neighborhoods with similar problems such as living in fear of local street thugs.Film makes you feel that in the end 'right' always wins out over 'might' as long as everyone sticks together.Sooner or later bullies get theirs.Tom does that in this film as he reluctantly leads by example.Like Superman in jeans.I love this film as I grew up in a similar neighborhood I could feel the fear the main principles in this film portrayed.Everyone is thinking about standing up but lack the confidence that Tom eventually gives them by taking the fight to the 'Souls'.Take on the toughest guy in the gang and the rest fall like a deck of cards.Works all the time.If you haven't seen it then watch it,it's worth the time spent watching it.Tom Gamble is just biding his time until the next ship comes in but he begins to develop relationships with some of the diverse and simple people living seemingly day to day unhappy not because of their surroundings but from the feeling of being trapped in the very same place in which they grew up in.Not being in control of their own lives,having to live behind a locked door,afraid of feeling free in the same neighborhood in which everyone knew each other and helped one another.Tom sees this and at first does not want to get involved but can't seem to grasp what it is that paralyzes those around him until he encounters it first hand.Tom eventually realizes that life is not just about him but about those who enter his life and he then begins to show those very same people that you must fight back together those who have that uncanny knack of making you feel that your life is not important enough to enjoy.Sometimes one man can make a difference.I Want this film on DVD.

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