Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

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Director: Stanley Kramer

Cast: Stanley Kramer, Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel

     
 

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Stanley Kramer directs Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in the drama The Defiant Ones, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned.…  See more details below

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Stanley Kramer directs Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in the drama The Defiant Ones, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release of a classic film from MGM/UA.

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The Defiant Ones is best known for its central premise: a black man and white man, chained together and on the lam, must overcome their own prejudices and help each other survive. The racial metaphor is obvious but important nonetheless, seeing as the film was released early in the civil rights movement. The quality performances of Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis help the film avoid mere political posturing. After the success of Blackboard Jungle, Poitier was on the cusp of becoming the first major African-American star in movie history. Also in a career upswing, Curtis was hot on the heels of The Sweet Smell of Success; he and Poitier would receive Academy Award nominations for The Defiant Ones. This was longtime producer Stanley Kramer's first success as a director, it would usher in his string of '60s hits, including Inherit the Wind, Judgement at Nuremberg and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Kramer previously produced one of the first white-made films featuring a black lead performer, 1949's little-known Home of the Brave.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2001
UPC:
0027616869364
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis John "Joker" Jackson
Sidney Poitier Noah Cullen
Theodore Bikel Sheriff Man Muller
Charles McGraw Captain Frank Gibbons
Lon Chaney Big Sam
Cara Williams The Woman
Claude Akins Mac
King Donovan Solly
Lawrence Dobkin Editor
Whit Bissell Lou Gans
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Angus
Kevin Coughlin Billy

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Clem Beauchamp Production Manager
Fernando Carrere Art Director
Don L. Cash Makeup
Nathan E. Douglas Screenwriter
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Paul Helmick Asst. Director
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Joe Kish Set Decoration/Design
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Harold Jacob Smith Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects
Ned Young Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/"Shut Up!" [:09]
2. One Black. One White. [2:53]
3. "You Married to Me" [6:55]
4. Water Bound [4:09]
5. A Zoo at Night [2:50]
6. In the Clay Pit [5:54]
7. Waiting for Supper [7:48]
8. Trapped [7:00]
9. Perks of Elected Office [5:51]
10. Up for a Lynching [2:02]
11. "Run, Chicken, Run" [4:17]
12. "That Time Is Now!" [3:22]
13. Mom & Billy the Kid [3:32]
14. Making Up Dreams [2:04]
15. Traveling as a Family [8:13]
16. End Run [7:45]

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The Defiant Ones 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Received in good condition.
mythbri More than 1 year ago
Though sometimes under-rated, "The Defiant Ones" is a fantastic film for many reasons. Sydney Poitier and Tony Curtis have great chemistry together as their relationship develops from fellow escapees, to grudging respect, and then to a peculiar kind of loyalty to each other. My favorite parts of the film are the conversations that the two main characters have with each other when they're on their own. The script is great, and is carried off beautifully by the actors. The film raises some serious points about race and acceptance that are still relevant today.