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The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones
  • 1958
  • USA
  • 96 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Stanley Kramer
  • Written by: Nedrick Young (story), Harold Jacob Smith
  • Cast: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams

Boastful bullying redneck Tony Curtis is chained to angry southern black Sydney Poitier by a prison warder with a strange sense of humour. Still manacled together the two effect an escape and, arguing all the way, try to outstrip the State Police. Finally released from their chain by a lonely widow, the two part, only to discover that she has double-crossed Poitier and sent him into a swamp. Curtis follows to warn him but is gunned down by the widow's son. His fellow escapee, however, refuses to abandon him and the Sheriff's posse come across the white man being cradled in the black convict's arms. Reacting against the glamorous formula pictures of Hollywood, this remains director Stanley Kramer's strongest and most impressive movie.

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