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Year
1958
Runtime
96 min.
Director
Stanley Kramer
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
6,146
Checks
2,109
Favs
121
Dislikes
7
Favs/checks
5.7% (1:17)
Favs/dislikes
17:1
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  1. caley's avatar

    caley

    A lot better than I was expecting (for some reason). It's gritty, it's exciting and it's really well-acted. Poitier, in particular, blew me away here. 8 years 1 month ago
  2. pallmallandcoke's avatar

    pallmallandcoke

    amazing movie with brilliant performances especially Poitier. 7 years 5 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The Defiant Ones are Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier (in his first above-the-title credit), playing escaped criminals chained together, on the run from the authorities in rural Southern U.S. As a straight-up fugitive movie, while I've since seen the "chained together" trope, I don't remember seeing it so well realized. The actors do a fair bit of their stunts, and the journey looks really difficult and dangerous in their situation. Things are further complicated by racism, Curtis and Poitier bristling with anger and resentment at being stuck to the other. If you want to see a metaphor for America in this, you certainly can. Curtis is a bootstraps kind of guy - white conservative America - who hates being saddled with a black man who "doesn't know his place" - the civil rights movement that, in 1958, was on the rise. The film dips in the third act with the introduction of a woman entirely too keen to get with Curtis - her motivations are murky and her character detestable - but it's not much of a dip. And you can count on cutaways to the police force for light comic relief and relieve the tension (comic, but never incompetent, just real, and that's a subtle high wire act). 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #23 in Golden Globe Best Picture Winners
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  2. This movie ranks #52 in Academy Award Best Cinematography
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  3. This movie ranks #55 in AFI's 100 years...100 cheers
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  5. This movie ranks #220 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  6. This movie ranks #327 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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