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The Defiant Ones

Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones broke new ground by delivering its message of racial tolerance through a fast moving blend of action and suspense. It remains a raw, powerful film that is as exciting as it is moving, real and literate. Joker Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) are two convicts on the run. Escaping from a Southern work gang, the two men are bound together by an unbreakable iron chain and separated by an unbridled hatred towards each other. Relentlessly pursued by a posse of bloodhounds, they put aside their differences to survive. But when a lonely woman (Cara Williams) breaks their chain and deliberately sends Cullen to certain death, Jackson must decide what's more important: saving Cullen... or saving himself.

Year: 1958
Genre: Drama, Classic Drama, NYFCC Awards - Best Film, Time in Prison, Best of the 1950s, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Golden Globe - Drama, Racial Intolerance, Action, Classic Cinema
Country: USA
Director: Stanley Kramer
Starring: Theodore Bikel, Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier
Duration: 97 Minutes
Rating: PG - Contains violence.
7.7/10
Location in store: Classic Drama

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