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Defiance (2008)

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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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forest | russian | jewish | camp | nazis | See All (176) »

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Freedom begins with an act of defiance! See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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16 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$28,622,873 (USA) (24 April 2009)
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Trivia

The location for the birch woods in the film was found using Google Earth. See more »

Goofs

When Tuvia visits Koscik to get a gun they drink vodka. Koscik says the toast "To the dead" and they clink glasses. In Eastern Europe people never clink glasses when they drink to the dead. See more »

Quotes

Tuvia Bielski: We may be hunted like animals, but we will not become animals.
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Referenced in Defiance: Return to the Forest (2009) See more »

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Great movie, light on facts
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed "Defiance" immensely -- there was humor and heartache, with a liberal dose of action. Not a brainless action movie, enough of a story to make it memorable, and fast-paced enough to keep me from becoming bored.

On the other hand, although the movie captures the spirit of the story, it is far from a documentary, and I'd have preferred a more historically accurate film. I'm biased, though -- I read the Peter Duffy book "Bielski Brothers" soon after it was released ("Defiance" is based on a different book), and I found the real story even more compelling than the Hollywood version.

Nonetheless, I live in the real world where directors have to shoot on a budget, and this was a good, diverting peek into a story that was long overdue to be told.


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