The Defiant Ones (1958) Poster


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Remade as 

The Defiant Ones (1986) (TV Movie)
Jailbirds (1991) (TV Movie)
Same plot premise, with female leads
Fled (1996)

Edited into 

Afro Promo (1997)
This film's teaser theatrical trailer is featured.


Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Dave says "Better take it easy. Here comes Cpt. Bligh."

Referenced in 

You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.33 (1959) (TV Episode)
Answer to quiz question.
Good Morning (1959)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
The father of Prentice stated "the two of you were behaving llke a coupIe of escaped Iunatics" is a clear reference to Portier's role in The Defiant Ones.
That Girl: The Defiant One (1969) (TV Episode)
Name used in title
Black Mama White Mama (1973)
It is referenced.
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman (1976) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Gilda Radner in Plato's Cave sketch
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Tony Curtis/Steve Landesberg/Bess Armstrong/Merie Earle (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces Tony Curtis
Laverne & Shirley: The Defiant One (1981) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Jeffersons: The Defiant Ones (1983) (TV Episode)
title reference
Michael Jackson: Beat It (1983) (Video)
A white male and a black male confronted and tied to each other.
The A-Team: Breakout! (1984) (TV Episode)
B.A. and Murdock escape from prison handcuffed to each other.
Certain Fury (1985)
Same plot premise but with female leads
Miami Vice: Made for Each Other (1985) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Arnie
Ghostbusters: The Bind That Ties (1986) (TV Episode)
Voodun and Eddie find themelves handcuffed together and have to overcome their differences
Perfect Strangers: The Defiant Guys (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
Laat maar zitten: Hand in Hand (1988) (TV Episode)
Faber compares his situation to this film
Hey Dude: Ted & Brad Get Handcuffed (1989) (TV Episode)
Multiple references are made to this film
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) (TV Episode)
Forrester: It's sort of a modern day Defiant Ones.
Red Dwarf: The Inquisitor (1992) (TV Episode)
Rimmer says Lister and Kryten are chained together like Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Suddenly, they're 'The Defiant Ones.'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Attack of the Eye Creatures (1992) (TV Episode)
"The Defiant Temps"
The Ben Stiller Show: With Garry Shandling (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Michael Pheret
CB4 (1993)
When Charlie Murphy escapes from prison, his companion directly says," This is just like the Defiant Ones with Tony Curtis & that other guy!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: The Defiant Debs.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Red Zone Cuba (1994) (TV Episode)
"Tony Curtis and Sidney Pontier are already in there"
The John Larroquette Show: The Defiant One (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
Freakazoid!: The Chip: Part 2/Freakazoid Is History (1995) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "Quantum Freak"
Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane (1996) (TV Special)
referenced by Dennis
Siskel & Ebert: Multiplicity/The Frighteners/Kazaam/Fled/Celestial Clockwork (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Fled" review.
Get on the Bus (1996)
Flip references to Evan Senior
The Incredible Hulk: And the Wind Cries... Wendigo (1996) (TV Episode)
Hulk and General Ross are shackled together for most of this adventure.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Riding with Death (1997) (TV Episode)
Tom: "The Defiant Loads"
Samurai Jack: Episode XI (2001) (TV Episode)
Samurai Jack and the Scotsman have to escape while handcuffed together
Holes (2003)
A Century of Black Cinema (2003) (Video)
Compared to the movie Black Mama, White Mama.
NCIS: Chained (2004) (TV Episode)
Tony applies the movie plot to his current situation (two fugitives on the lam, chained together). Tony says Jeffrey is Tony Curtis; he (Tony) is Sidney Poitier ("My grandmother was black").
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Android Apocalypse (2006) (TV Movie)
two different prisoners (black & white, human & android) are handcuffed together and, after escaping, they are forced to go on the run together while the law chases after them
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Buddy System (2006) (TV Episode)
Used as an example of how Chris and Caruso should work together
Brain Dead (2007)
prisoners handcuffed together on the run
Bolt (2008)
Bolt and Mittens (a white dog & a black cat) are chained together & must learn to work together to succeed.
Law & Order: Just a Girl in the World (2009) (TV Episode)
Bernard says to Lupo, "You see The Defiant Ones, Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier?"
The Cinema Snob: Black Rage (2014) (TV Episode)
"This movie is just like The Defiant Ones if Tony Curtis played Curtis Mayfield."
Star Wars Rebels: The Honorable Ones (2016) (TV Episode)
Title and plot references
The Task: Prison Rules (2017) (TV Episode)
It is referenced.

Featured in 

Precious Images (1986) (Short)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Speak Like a Child (1998)
Clips seen and discussed
Classified X (1998) (TV Movie)
Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (2004)
Footage of this movie is shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #55 on the list.
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood: Peepshow Pioneers: 1889-1907 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during intro: Joker and Noah catch a train.
Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
Samuel D. Pollard mentions it. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) (TV Special)
Footage shown.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

D' Fightin' Ones (1961) (Short)
Help! (1965)
Toulouse La Trick (1966) (Short)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Apple a Day Affair (1967) (TV Episode)
Spoofs the escape scene.
The Simpsons: The Wandering Juvie (2004) (TV Episode)
Much of the plot - two escaped convicts with different backgrounds shackled together having to work together to survive and escape capture - is taken from the 1958 movie.

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