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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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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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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103 min
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Continuity: After Tom Gamble is mugged by The Souls in the station bathroom, one of them walks by Angel Cruz twice.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
We're taking it back!, 21 February 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Tom Gamble, a young merchant seaman who was suspended for brawling decides to stick it out in a rough New York neighbourhood until he can get his union card and find employment on another ship. Terrorising the area is a Puerto-Rican gang known as "The Souls", which Tommy is doing his best not to get involved with. But soon enough they begin to clash with each other and Tommy is starting to find some allies in a once shell-shocked community.

This might look like another very ordinary nitty gritty urban flick of the 70's and 80's fodder, but John Flynn's "Defiance" actually has a emotionally stimulating story to it. This element gives it a real backbone than just being a plain revenge / vigilante film centred just on the violence. It never loses sight of detailing the characters in a very realistic plight. I just watched Flynn's "Rolling Thunder" a couple of week's back and "Defiance" shares that hardboiled approached without wiping away that sincere touch. Flynn's sharp direction is very workable towards the hearty material, capturing the dominantly rough and raw N.Y. setting and letting it move at a brisk pace. The intensity of some certain tit for tat scenes are very well done and the exciting final confrontation between Gamble and the gang's leader Cruz doesn't let you catch a breath with it stinging ferocity. The dynamically funky and uncanny music score by Dominic Frontiere and Ric Waite's jarringly grounded photography also added to the film's unstably edgy and emotionally charged vibe. Thomas Donnelly and Mark Tulin's story is downright solid, without the need to go out big, but keeping it virtually simple and drawing you in with well-grounded characters and compelling situations that somehow feels fresh despite the rancid subject matter. The well-balanced script has a nice humorous edge (although there are couple unintentional moments -- stamping in a garden bed) and the drama of it holds up well with its street talk. Jan Michael Vincent superbly plays his aversely troubled character Tom Gamble like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode when needed. An exemplary Rudy Ramos makes one ultra-stylish thug and is truly fitting of the part as Angel Cruz. Theresa Saldana is wonderfully touching in her performance as Gamble's next-door neighbour. The supporting cast make real headway too. Lenny Montano, Art Carney, Tony Sirico and the lively kicking Danny Aiello are very good in their parts.

This diamond in the rough is an extremely focused and poignant picture that delivers on the main goods.

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