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The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 27 September 1958 (USA)
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Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

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Stanley Kramer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... John 'Joker' Jackson
Sidney Poitier ... Noah Cullen
Theodore Bikel ... Sheriff Max Muller
Charles McGraw ... Capt. Frank Gibbons
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Big Sam (as Lon Chaney)
King Donovan ... Solly
Claude Akins ... Mack
Lawrence Dobkin ... Editor
Whit Bissell ... Lou Gans
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Angus (as Carl Switzer)
Kevin Coughlin ... Billy
Cara Williams ... Billy's Mother
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Storyline

When the truck that is transporting convicts has an accident on the road, the inmates John "Joker" Jackson and Noah Cullen that are chained to each other escape. They hate each other but they need to help each other to succeed in their intent of going north to jump in a train and reach freedom. Meanwhile the humane Sheriff Max Muller organizes a posse to track them down in a civilized manner and respecting justice. Joker and Cullen reach a small farm where a lonely woman helps them to get rid of their chains. She offers to drive her car with Joker and her son Billy while Cullen would escape through the swamp to the railroad. But when Joker learns that she sent Cullen to a trap, he leaves her and is shot in the shoulder by Billy. Joker seeks out Cullen to save him and when they meet each other, their former hatred has changed to friendship and respect. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Defiant Ones See more »

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Budget:

$778,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack to this film is entirely Diegetic (the source of every sound is visible, or occurs on screen) - even the search party is accompanied by a character playing rock n' roll from his transistor radio. See more »

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As John and Noah are swept downriver together, a person is seen on the shore moving into the top of frame, watching the two men. See more »

Quotes

Noah Cullen: Nigger! You call me that again, and I'll kill you!
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Referenced in Star Wars Rebels: The Honorable Ones (2016) See more »

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Long Gone
Adapted from "Long Gone (From Bowlin' Green)" (1920)
Music by W.C. Handy (as William C. Handy)
Words by Chris Smith
Sung a cappella by Sidney Poitier (uncredited) several times
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Another Stanley Kramer great.
10 August 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

A great job by Stanley Kramer on this film. Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier turn in stellar performances as two convicts who get an unexpected shot at escape but are held together by a length of chain. They must learn to overcome their racial dislike of each other in order to survive and gain their freedom. But will they? The film is shot in black and white and had it been shot in color it would not have been as good. A remake was done some years later which was passable but didn't match this original version.


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