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Defiance (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  16 January 2009 (USA)
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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 (173) »


Freedom begins with an act of defiance! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desafío  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Mia Wasikowska and Jamie Bell also worked together in Jane Eyre (2011) See more »


Near the funeral scene, a North American mourning dove's distinctive call is heard. See more »


Konstanty 'Koscik' Kozlowski: Why is it so fucking hard being friends with a Jew?
Tuvia Bielski: Try being one.
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References Come and See (1985) See more »


Oy, Pri Luzhku, Pri Luzhke
Performed by Ravil Isyanov
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Daniel Craig at this best
22 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was able to see this movie before it officially got out, and i was very impressed with this movie. I was dying to see Defiance because i'm a huge Jamie Bell fan, and the story seemed really interesting, but i was kind of worried cause Daniel Craig is not exactly one of my favorite actors, but he really impressed me. I think this is his best movie yet. And it's not just the acting, but i think the way they told this story is very efficient, and the sets were incredible. I think they truly stuck to the story of what really happened back then, and believe me, you will not be disappointed with this movie. Jamie Bell was wonderful as Asael (as usual), Liev Schreiber was great, and Daniel Craig was just as great. In my opinion, this movie is a must-see.

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