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Defiance -- An out-of-work seaman temporarily moves into a tenement on New York's  lower East Side. His street is ruled by the Souls, a gang that terrorizes the entire neighborhood.  At first, the seaman ignores the  violence.  But like Alan Ladd in 'SHANE', he decides to stay and fight for the rights of those around him!


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Release Date:
14 March 1980 (USA) See more »
There comes a time when we have to stand up and be counted. This is the story of one man who did.
Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Tony DiBenedetto ... Longshoreman Member (uncredited)
Satir Gonzalez ... Gang Member (uncredited)

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
Barry Allen .... propmaker (uncredited)
John Bonino .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Robert Bonino .... propmaker (uncredited)
Craig Culp .... set painter (uncredited)
Serge Genitempo .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Neil L. Lester .... set painter (uncredited)
Jack B. Nelson .... propmaker (uncredited)
Robert Planck .... leadperson (uncredited)
Roger Stevens .... laborer (uncredited)
Ethan Van Hecke .... swing gang (uncredited)
Curtis Weeks .... laborer (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
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
Randy Lewis .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Lopez .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Larry Peters .... electrician (uncredited)
Kenneth Sheehan .... grip (uncredited)
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)
John Beal .... conductor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Walter Charleston .... teamster captain: New York
Dale Henry .... transportation captain
Tom Barlow .... driver (uncredited)
Raymond Bastonero .... driver (uncredited)
Joe Benet .... driver (uncredited)
Larry L. Berneau .... driver (uncredited)
Ernest Boudreau .... driver (uncredited)
John Hager .... driver (uncredited)
Dave Kupp .... driver (uncredited)
Mark Mallard .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Meisner .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Paventi .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Lee Sanders .... driver (uncredited)
Daniel Sholl .... driver (uncredited)
Tom Teeple .... driver (uncredited)
Olivia Varnado .... driver (uncredited)
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
Mark Croll .... production assistant (uncredited)
Shirley Deckert .... teacher (uncredited)
Shirley Deckert .... welfare worker (uncredited)
Bruce Khteian .... craft service (uncredited)
Anne Kimmel .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Neil R. Lipes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
OK but kinda average to me---, 27 August 2010
Author: Matthew Stechel ( from United States

movie was OK-- People seem to either LOVE it or have never heard of it.

I didn't love it--i actually thought it was pretty average---but its not a bad watch by any means either. (kinda reminded me of The Substitute actually) Jan Michael Vincent is very Patrick Swayze in this movie. (looks like, sounds like, acts like) This could've been a movie with Patrick Swayze if it was made a decade later.

Danny Aiello is fun to see here tho---love the sequence in which he and Jan Michael beat the crap out of the gang leader's car towards the end. (very Mystery Men of them!) If you ever wanna see how gritty NYC was before it got outrageously expensive and overly hipster--you should definitely check this out tho. One of the best things about seeing it was that there was a Q and A with one of the co-stars/writers of the film and he said the studio kept telling him and the cast and crew not too wander too far away from the set when they were shooting at night---otherwise they'd encounter the real version of these guys! (dig that subway station where the gang beats up Jan Michael at the beginning of the film tho--you'd never really think of a subway station as being particularly clean or dirty--cause its the subway--its always gonna be dirty no matter what! but its sparkling clean today compared to how it was back then---and you can see that for yourself here in this movie!) Art Carney is always welcome in my neighborhood tho. (i can't believe young gang-bangers especially in NYC wouldn't recognize Art Carney/Ed Norton---The Honeymooners ran every single night at 11 30 in NYC for years and years and years on a local station---in the early 80's there's no way they wouldn't know of him--even if this is fiction and Art Carney is much older then he was when he was Ed Norton! God help me I will never forgive that actor for having the same name as the sidekick on the honeymooners! its just not right that every time someone mentions Art Carney---the actor Ed Norton has to spring to mind and i gotta specify no not Ed Norton the actor--I mean Ed Norton the character!)

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