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Defiance (1980)

PG | | Action, Drama, Crime | 14 March 1980 (USA)
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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Tommy (as Jan Michael Vincent)
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Marsha
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Carmine
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Angel Cruz
Lenny Montana ...
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)
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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Action | Drama | Crime

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14 March 1980 (USA)  »

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A Pele de um Malandro  »

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Trivia

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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Breakin' (2016) See more »

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Let the Light Shine in the Morning
Composed by Gerard McMahon
Performed by Gerard McMahon
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A movie with 'souls'
28 May 2001 | by (PS, California) – See all my reviews

Back when Jan Michael Vincent could be recognized, physically and vocally, and he had so much going for him he slipped this smallish cheesy cult classic into his filmography. Tommy Gamble is a sea merchant suspended for fighting. He gets stuck in a tough rundown New York neighborhood while he waits to get reinstated so he can catch a ship out of the scummy rough neighborhood overrun by the hoods and thugs (laughable & absurd 'Cholo' gang stereotypes) known as the 'Souls'. During his stay he has multiple run-ins with the Souls and stands up to their antics and bullying, showing the neighborhood that fighting back may be the answer to their problems. The plot is a tad thin but, like screenwriter Walter Hill's other efforts, there is a surreal atmosphere that is a lot harder to find in films these days. The acting is good and you don't feel like these actors are surrounded by cameras like most films today. The supporting cast includes actors Danny Aiello and Art Carney but there are few others who are memorable. It's a very hard film to find but it's a good watch if you have nothing else to do on a very late Saturday night.


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