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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 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)  »

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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 location for the birch woods in the film was found using Google Earth. See more »

Goofs

While Tuvia Bielski is talking to the people near the campfire towards the beginning of the movie, the smoke is rising. When the camera switches, the smoke is falling down, showing that the video segment was reversed when added into the final cut. See more »

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Asael Bielski: Nothing is impossible, what we all have done is impossible!
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Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Killer Robot Instability (2009) See more »

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Arranged by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch
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Through suffering and faith they defied their destiny.

I was almost giving up seeing this film because of certain reviews which were not that good. To my amazement , the film turned up to be not good, but excellent. It shows people fighting for their lives, starving, getting to the point where many people loose faith and come close to being like animals. That is when you need a good leader which the Bielski brothers certainly were. And what good actors, Live Schreiber as Zus , what a performance, also Daniel Craig faultless as Tuvia. When you see all that killing, done by men (and women) trying to survive and also in some cases, revenge, you wonder how peaceful, good persons can change and become violent, when circumstances demand. And pray that those times will never happen to us. Spare us from being the Chosen People, says the Rabbi, overcome by anguish in a touching scene. But it is through suffering and faith that these people defy their destiny. My mother and father left Bielorus before the war. But most of their close ones did not.


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