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Release Date:
14 March 1980 (USA) See more »
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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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Superb cult flick - filmed in my neighborhood! See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Jan-Michael Vincent ... Tommy (as Jan Michael Vincent)

Theresa Saldana ... Marsha

Danny Aiello ... Carmine

Rudy Ramos ... Angel Cruz
Lenny Montana ... Whacko

Art Carney ... Abe
Santos Morales ... Paolo

Frank Pesce ... 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)

Alberto Vazquez ... Slagg (as Alberto Vasquez)
Church Ortiz ... Luis
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... El Bravo (as East Carlo)

Tom Reese ... 1st Cop

Ernie F. Orsatti ... 2nd Cop (as Ernie Orsatti)

Tony Sirico ... Davey (as G. Anthony Sirico)
E. Brian Dean ... Rondini (as Brian Dean)
Margarita García ... Cashier (as Margarita Garcia)
Philip Levy ... Earnie (as Phil Levy)
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Local #2
David Cadiente ... Eloy
Pamela Gatell ... Angel's Lady
Wendy Oates ... Carmine's Wife
Barbara Smith ... Herbie's Wife
Dawn Adams ... Priest's Assistant
James Oscar Lee ... Police Officer
Victor Mendez ... Window Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred J. Lincoln (as Fred Lincoln)
Satir González ... Gang Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Flynn 
 
Writing credits
Thomas Michael Donnelly (screenplay)

Thomas Michael Donnelly (story) &
Mark Tulin (story)

Produced by
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Thomas Michael Donnelly .... associate producer
William S. Gilmore .... producer (as William S. Gilmore Jr.)
Robert J. Wunsch .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Finfer 
 
Casting by
Joyce Agu  (as Joyce Robinson)
Sam Christensen 
 
Production Design by
Bill Malley 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Gentz  (as Rick T. Gentz)
 
Makeup Department
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist: New York
Nick Crimi .... makeup artist: New York
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emile R. La Vigne)
June Miggins .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... in charge of post-production
William Davidson .... production manager (as William C. Davidson)
Jere Henshaw .... executive in charge of production
Dick Moses .... production manager: New York
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bogart .... first assistant director
Peter Gries .... second assistant director: New York
Lorraine Senna .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jack Cornwell .... art director: New York
Delbert Diener .... assistant property master (as Delbert Deiner)
Mark Wade .... property master
Serge Genitempo .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gordon Daniels .... sound effects
Jeff Haas .... boom operator: New York
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound effects (as Gil Marchant)
William L. McCaughey .... dubbing mixer (as William McCaughey)
Al Mian .... sound mixer: New York
Bill Nelson .... sound mixer (as William Nelson)
Anthony Palk .... sound effects (as Tony Palk)
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Bob Dawson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Mickey Alzola .... stunt player
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Chris Howell .... stunt player
Alan Marcus .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Anderson .... second assistant camera
King Baggot .... camera operator
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Peter Garbarini .... camera operator: New York (as Peter Gabarini)
Harvey Genkins .... associate director of photography: New York (as Harvey Jenkins)
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer: New York (as Michael Ginsberg)
Marlin Hall .... key grip
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer: New York
Jonathan O'Neil .... best boy
Al Stetson .... grip: New York
Alex Touyarot .... first assistant camera
Rodney Veto .... second grip
Jim Wuertemburg .... gaffer (as James T. Wuertemburg)
Ron Zarilla .... assistant camera: New York
 
Casting Department
Joy Todd .... extras casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellis Cohen .... costumer
Ruth E. Doering .... wardrobe: women, New York (as Ruth Doering)
Melissa Franz .... wardrobe
Al Spalinski .... wardrobe: men, New York
 
Editorial Department
Gina Brown .... assistant editor
Cari Coughlin .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
John Beal .... orchestrator
Buddy Epstein .... music director
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Greg Sill .... music coordinator
Joel Soifer .... recording engineer
John Beal .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Walter Charleston .... teamster captain: New York
Dale Henry .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Arlene Albertson .... production office coordinator: New York
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Wilma Arnold .... assistant: John Flynn
Chris Silver Finigan .... location auditor (as Christopher Finigan)
Bert Ford .... publicist
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Adam Greenman .... location manager
Julian F. Myers .... publicist
Myrna Post .... publicist
Jim Richardson .... location manager: New York
Sylvio Tabet .... presenter
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor
Jill Vandermeer .... production coordinator
Kurt Woolner .... location auditor: New York
Neil R. Lipes .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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103 min
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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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Continuity: 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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Superb cult flick - filmed in my neighborhood!, 2 February 2004
Author: DebonairDude715 from New York City, NY

This entertaining but often overlooked film stars Jan-Michael Vincent as a seaman who must temporarily reside on the tough, crime-filled and gang-infested streets of New York, where he is persuaded by fearful residents to join them in their war against "The Souls," a local Puerto Rican gang led by Angel Cruz (played by the underrated Rudy Ramos, who would later work on "Quicksilver" (1985) with Kevin Bacon). "Defiance" was filmed mostly in New York's East Village (specifically on 12th Street between Avenue A and B) at a time when street gangs did in fact control that particular area of Lower Manhattan. This film brings to mind the highly controversial release "The Warriors" (1979), about a group of young fighters framed by a rival gang. Director John Flynn is dead on with the emotional aspect of the film, capturing the heart-wrenching struggle between good and evil, the romance between Tommy (Vincent) and Marsha (Theresa Saldana) and the brutal and poignant deaths of two characters - Whacko (Lenny Montana, who played Luca Brasi in "The Godfather" (1972)) and Abe (Art Carney).

Highly recommended for cult film enthusiasts. I would love to see a DVD edition in the near future by MGM/UA (formerly Orion).

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