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Defiance (1980)

PG  |   |  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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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
Santos Morales ...
Paolo
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Herbie
Don Blakely ...
Abbie
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)
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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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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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When Tommy walks to the basketball court to confront the Souls, he is approaching them from the left, but Bandana is looking to the right. 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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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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