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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Freedom begins with an act of defiance! 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The filmmakers considered shooting in Poland and Romania, before settling upon Lithuania. See more »

Goofs

When the German planes are bombing the camp, one plane releases a bomb over the camp. The bomb appears to explode directly under where it was released. This is incorrect as the bomb would not fall straight down. The bomb would fall at a slant. See more »

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Tuvia Bielski: We're family. We have to stick together.
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Daniel Craig (2009) See more »

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Arranged by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch
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Great movie, light on facts
31 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed "Defiance" immensely -- there was humor and heartache, with a liberal dose of action. Not a brainless action movie, enough of a story to make it memorable, and fast-paced enough to keep me from becoming bored.

On the other hand, although the movie captures the spirit of the story, it is far from a documentary, and I'd have preferred a more historically accurate film. I'm biased, though -- I read the Peter Duffy book "Bielski Brothers" soon after it was released ("Defiance" is based on a different book), and I found the real story even more compelling than the Hollywood version.

Nonetheless, I live in the real world where directors have to shoot on a budget, and this was a good, diverting peek into a story that was long overdue to be told.


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