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Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

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On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. Written by Cinema_Fan

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From the director of Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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$123,513 (USA) (2 January 2009)

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$28,622,873 (USA) (24 April 2009)
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At the very beginning of the movie (around 40 seconds in), after the "Germany occupies Belarussia" information, there is a shot of a column vehicles entering the bridge. This is an excerpt from the Nazi war film chronicles ("UfA-Tonwoche") from September 1939. It shows Adolf Hitler's visit to the conquered Polish city of Gdynia, Poland's pre-WWII biggest military and merchant harbor. Specifically, it is the moment when Hitler's convertible car crosses overpass on the way to the harbor part of the city. See more »

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The shotgun shells that Zus uses appear to be plastic hulled, from the 1960s. See more »

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Bella: Women need guns, too.
Zus Bielski: What for?
Bella: For... protection.
Zus Bielski: Women have men for protection.
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References Come and See (1985) See more »

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Ikh Bin A Mame
Written by Jennie Goldstein, Morris Rund, J. Jaffee
Arranged by Aleksandr Olshanetsky (as Alexander Olshanetsky)
Performed by James Newton Howard
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We may be hunted like animals, but we will not become animals
7 January 2009 | by (every where) – See all my reviews

The movie was good. Not Zwick's best effort though and as for the acting it was Liev Schreiber that delivered the most. Every time I see Craig I see James Bond and that other guy, Jamie Bell, was barely even on screen. I'm guessing most of his scenes were cut out of the film to pave the way for more Craig screen time. The action set pieces were mostly impressive but the problem is, its over before you know it. But I can honestly say, it was impressive nonetheless. Its not brainless by any means, the movie has a profound and compelling story. One can only wonder how these filmmakers come up with more WWII movie ideas every year.

From a visual point of view, the movie looks absolutely beautiful. From the authentic weaponry and uniforms to the rich and colorful Lithuanian locations, Defiance may fall flat during some points throughout the film; as with every other black and white war movies that's been released, the Germans are depicted as war machines of death without remorse, if you can overlook these flaws I think it is an enjoyable film and in its entirety, Defiance is an overwhelming movie that doesn't glamorize the war but shows the intense reality behind it all. A must see for all war movie fans out there.


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