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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 one thousand Jewish non-combatants.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tuvia Bielski
... Zus Bielski
... Asael Bielski
... Lilka Ticktin
... Shimon Haretz
... Isaac Malbin
... Ben Zion Gulkowitz
... Tamara Skidelsky
Kate Fahy ... Riva Reich
... Yitzhak Shulman
... Bella
... Peretz Shorshaty
... Viktor Panchenko
... Konstanty 'Koscik' Kozlowski
... Aron Bielski
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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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From the director of Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desafío  »

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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,513, 4 January 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,644,813, 30 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,155,219, 31 December 2008
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The film was shot in a remote, wooded area in Lithuania, about a hundred miles away from the real location of the Bielski brothers camp. See more »

Goofs

Zus and some others go to the police station to get Ampicillin to treat the pneumonia that is common in the camp. Ampicillin did not come into clinical use until 1961. Even "simple" penicillin would not have been available in Belorussia in the early 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Tuvia Bielski: If we should die trying to live, at least we live like human beings.
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Referenced in Defiance: Return to the Forest (2009) See more »

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Oy, Pri Luzhku, Pri Luzhke
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Performed by Ravil Isyanov
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We may be hunted like animals, but we will not become animals
7 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

The movie was good. Not Zwick's best effort though and as for the acting it was Liev Schreiber that delivered the most. Every time I see Craig I see James Bond and that other guy, Jamie Bell, was barely even on screen. I'm guessing most of his scenes were cut out of the film to pave the way for more Craig screen time. The action set pieces were mostly impressive but the problem is, its over before you know it. But I can honestly say, it was impressive nonetheless. Its not brainless by any means, the movie has a profound and compelling story. One can only wonder how these filmmakers come up with more WWII movie ideas every year.

From a visual point of view, the movie looks absolutely beautiful. From the authentic weaponry and uniforms to the rich and colorful Lithuanian locations, Defiance may fall flat during some points throughout the film; as with every other black and white war movies that's been released, the Germans are depicted as war machines of death without remorse, if you can overlook these flaws I think it is an enjoyable film and in its entirety, Defiance is an overwhelming movie that doesn't glamorize the war but shows the intense reality behind it all. A must see for all war movie fans out there.


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