The Defiant Ones (1958)

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96 min.
Plot  The film starts with a truck driving at night. It swerves to miss another truck and crashes through a barrier. The rescuers clear up the debris and cover the people killed... mainly prisoners in the back. It is revealed that two are missing: a black man shackled to a white man, because "the warden had a sense of humor". They are told not to look too hard as "they will probably kill each other in the first five miles". Nevertheless a large posse and many bloodhounds are dispatched the next morning to find them.

The setting is in the American South, the men are the black Noah Cullen (Poitier) and the white John "Joker" Jackson (Curtis). Despite their mutual loathing, they are forced to cooperate, as they are chained together. At first their cooperation is motivated by self-preservation but gradually, they begin to respect and like each other.

Cullen and Joker flee through difficult terrain and weather, with a brief stop at a turpentine camp where they attempt to break i...
  

Director(s)

Cast

Tony Curtis
John "Joker" Jackson
Sidney Poitier
Noah Cullen
Theodore Bikel
Sheriff Max Muller
Charles McGraw
Captain Frank Gibbons
Whit Bissell
Lou Gans

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All Titles

The Defiant Ones
English Original Title

Release Dates

Country

United States

Language

English

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