6.2/10
813
18 user 19 critic

Defiance (1980)

PG | | Action, Drama, Crime | 14 March 1980 (USA)
Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York City neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman, and though he tries to ... See full summary »

Director:

John Flynn

Writers:

Thomas Michael Donnelly (screenplay), Thomas Michael Donnelly (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the 1970s Arizona, a young married man becomes an independent long-haul driver and he risks his life fighting the corruption in the local long-haul trucking industry.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Kay Lenz, Slim Pickens
Big Wednesday (1978)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda
Touched (1983)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two mental patients in an institution fall in love and plan to escape in the search of a normal life.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Robert Hays, Kathleen Beller, Ned Beatty
The Mechanic (1972)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn
Protection (2001)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A mobster moves to a new town as a protected witness and tries to start over, only to find he can't escape his old ways.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Peter Gallagher, Aron Tager
Contamination (1980)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Director: Luigi Cozzi
Stars: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An American student starts working with his Arab colleague while putting all politics aside. However, is his colleague just a regular Joe? Set around the time of Arab-Israeli Six Day War.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Bruce Davison, Nicol Williamson, Daria Halprin
The Sergeant (1968)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A story of a brilliant master sergeant with a great career behind him and transferred to yet another post, his attraction to a younger man eventually overrides him, to a point where his latent homosexuality, finally emerges.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Rod Steiger, John Phillip Law, Ludmila Mikaël
Lock Up (1989)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

With only six months left of his sentence, inmate Frank Leone is transferred from a minimum security prison to a maximum security prison by a vindictive warden.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After oil is found in a small town and local factory shut down, violent crime skyrockets. A young man has had enough and calls in his older brother, a cynical Vietnam vet, who cleans the streets but then tries to take over the town.

Director: George Armitage
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Victoria Principal
Midway (1976)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Tommy (as Jan Michael Vincent)
Theresa Saldana ... Marsha
Danny Aiello ... Carmine
Rudy Ramos ... Angel Cruz
Lenny Montana ... Whacko
Art Carney ... Abe
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Paolo
Frank Pesce ... Herbie
Don Blakely ... Abbie
James Victor ... Father Rivera
Randy Hermann Randy Hermann ... Tito (as Randy Herman)
Lee Fraser Lee Fraser ... Bandana (as Lee Yuro)
Joseph Campanella ... Karenski (as Joe Campanella)
Fernando López Fernando López ... Kid (as Fernando Lopez)
Alberto Vazquez ... Slagg (as Alberto Vasquez)
Edit

Storyline

Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York City neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman, and though he tries to avoid the gang and his neighbors, it does not work. Soon he is battling the Souls and not only changing their attitudes, but the attitudes of his previously intimidated neighbors as well. Written by Ørnås

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There comes a time when we have to stand up and be counted. This is the story of one man who did.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in Brooklyn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Necta See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Because of this film, Theresa Saldana gained a stalker. The Stalker stabbed her ten times in the torso. Theresa survived and went on to play herself in a television movie based on the events. See more »

Goofs

The total number of Soul members varies constantly. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Breakin' (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Stay with You
Composed by Gerard McMahon
Performed by Gerard McMahon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Cult Gem With Heart
16 May 2003 | by mcbride57See all my reviews

For me, DEFIANCE was/is a film that delivered. Is it 'high art'?--I dunno. But it sure held my interest. JMV is our reluctant hero, 'Tom'. A merchant seaman, stranded in New York because of a beef on the job, near penniless Tom is forced to seek cheap digs in a slum rental while he waits for another ship assignment. He quickly crosses paths with 'The Souls', the Latino gang that holds the neighborhood in a grip of terror.

Tom is no white knight or crusader. A world weary pragmatist, he's just a guy trying to keep to himself until he can catch that much-needed next freighter out to sea. Though not an immediate champion of justice, neither is Tom indifferent to the suffering of others and gradually he finds himself being drawn into the lives of several of the local residents.

It is the leader of the Souls gang, 'Angel', with his determination to maintain his grip on his turf, and interloper Tom, with his stubborn refusal to abandon his newly made friends, who ignite the inevitable final--and highly satisfying--confrontation.

Is DEFIANCE a film filled with startling plot twists and dazzling production value? No. But I found it to be highly entertaining with real sincerity--and it continues to please me after repeated viewings. All hands involved in this production deserve praise for working within their limited budget to craft a tough, tender and edgy action/drama where an average fella, who cannot ignore his heart, takes a huge risk to correct a great injustice.

Is it SHANE?--Naw. (But what is?) I will tell you this: this flick delivers a whole fist-full of solid scenes. Fer instance: the moment when Tom draws his 'line in the sand'. Waiting until cover of darkness, Tom strides out of the shadows, club in hand, and begins to demolish Angel's beloved 'low rider' as an invitation to the gang--"Come and get me."

That scene works on EVERY level: script, direction, photography, JMV's smoldering fury, the startling, hot musical score that punctuates the moment--IT ALL WORKS! It gave me goose bumps the first time and it still gives me a kick to this day. DEFIANCE had me in it's grip: "Yeah, Tom! Screw the consequences! Let's take it to these vicious punks."

This flick never had anywhere near the budget or status of say, a DIE HARD, but it sure has the heart. In the early '80s, as I lived in my tiny apartment in Hollywood and struggled to write, I kept a tattered DEFIANCE poster tacked to my wall for inspiration.

DEFIANCE: a solid, commendable script, in the hands of a no-nonsense, focused director, who's leading a sincere and supportive cast--all in pursuit of a simple, but meaningful, action/morality tale that can't help but touch you on some level if you believe in justice and decency. Not too shabby, folks. Not too shabby at all.

Now I just wish somebody would get DEFIANCE onto a proper DVD (and throw in a few extras like cast/crew interviews, a trailer, maybe even some out-takes). I'd buy a copy in a heartbeat. And five more for some friends.


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed