The Defiant Ones1958
The Defiant Ones (1958)
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as John Jackson
as Noah Cullen
as Sheriff Max Muller
as The Woman
as Big Sam
as Capt. Frank Gibbons
as Big Sam
as Lou Gans
as The Kid
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Critic Reviews for The Defiant Ones
The performances by Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier are virtually flawless.
Kramer was never much of a director, but there's still power in some of the performances, especially Poitier's.
The suspense of the manhunt in the swamps never really overcomes the dead weight of Kramer's 'message', but pleasures are to be found in the supporting roles of McGraw and Chaney.
The film is predictable, even unoriginal; it says nothing new, but it reasserts things that cannot be said too often, and says them with force, gravity and even humour. It leaves a good taste behind.
With enough thrilling action to keep it enjoyable today, this is an important film that provided Poitier with a breakthrough role and helped Curtis to escape the simplistic hero mode in which his talents had too often been wasted.
Audience Reviews for The Defiant Ones
A morality tale w/o a lot a finesse, this late 50's era story literally chains together two opposing views and lets them play out against each other while on the run from "The Man". The saving grace is the performance of the leads who lend some small humanity and believability to the rote and didactic "educational" format, which often lacks even continuity. Still, a historical American experience on film.
Everyone should have a life-changing event like this. Consider a pre-civil rights era when blacks and whites were supposed to hate each other. This pair are shackled to each other for days and have no choice but to depend on each other for either one of you to survive. It is worth seeing.
Amazing black and white cinematography.
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