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Defiance -- An out-of work merchant seaman single-handedly tames a powerful street gang ("The Souls") that has been terrorizing his neighborhood on New York City's Lower East Side.
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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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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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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"Go back across the street with your girlfriends before I wrap this six-pack around your neck" or something to that effect. 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)
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
 
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
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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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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Continuity: The total number of Soul members varies constantly.See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"Go back across the street with your girlfriends before I wrap this six-pack around your neck" or something to that effect., 24 May 2003
Author: cliffy-1 from Maspeth

Type of film which back then had neighborhoods with similar problems such as living in fear of local street thugs.Film makes you feel that in the end 'right' always wins out over 'might' as long as everyone sticks together.Sooner or later bullies get theirs.Tom does that in this film as he reluctantly leads by example.Like Superman in jeans.I love this film as I grew up in a similar neighborhood I could feel the fear the main principles in this film portrayed.Everyone is thinking about standing up but lack the confidence that Tom eventually gives them by taking the fight to the 'Souls'.Take on the toughest guy in the gang and the rest fall like a deck of cards.Works all the time.If you haven't seen it then watch it,it's worth the time spent watching it.Tom Gamble is just biding his time until the next ship comes in but he begins to develop relationships with some of the diverse and simple people living seemingly day to day unhappy not because of their surroundings but from the feeling of being trapped in the very same place in which they grew up in.Not being in control of their own lives,having to live behind a locked door,afraid of feeling free in the same neighborhood in which everyone knew each other and helped one another.Tom sees this and at first does not want to get involved but can't seem to grasp what it is that paralyzes those around him until he encounters it first hand.Tom eventually realizes that life is not just about him but about those who enter his life and he then begins to show those very same people that you must fight back together those who have that uncanny knack of making you feel that your life is not important enough to enjoy.Sometimes one man can make a difference.I Want this film on DVD.

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