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
Critic Reviews for The Defiant Ones
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.
Boasting strong performances from Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis, this interracial drama of two escaped convicts is Stanley Kramer's most satisfying film, deservedly nominated for and winning Oscars.
Tony Curtis' acting is borderline awful. His famous Bronx accent bleeds through his faux Southern one like a bloody shirt, and he continually grits his teeth in a failed attempt to show the character's self-loathing.
Audience Reviews for The Defiant Ones
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.
Whilst I cringe my way through the prejudice of history, beneath their lies a film of opportunity and comradery. I couldn't help being reminded through the film of later films that perhapsmay have been influenced by this film; The Fugitive and O'Brother where art thou? A worthy classic.
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