The Defiant Ones

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  • Genre(s): Crime Drama
  • Release year: 1958
  • Running time: 96 min
Nominated for nine Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Stanley Kramer’s The Defiant Ones broke new ground by delivering its message of racial tolerance through a fast-moving blend of action and suspense. It remains a raw, powerful film that is as... read more

Nominated for nine Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Stanley Kramer’s The Defiant Ones broke new ground by delivering its message of racial tolerance through a fast-moving blend of action and suspense. It remains a raw, powerful film that is as exciting as it is moving, real and literate.John “Joker” Jackson (Tony Curtis; The Vikings, Some Like It Hot) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night) are two convicts on the run. Escaping from a Southern work gang, the two men are bound together by an unbreakable iron chain and separated by an unbridled hatred towards each other. Relentlessly pursued by a bloodthirsty posse, they must put aside their differences if they are going to survive.Highly acclaimed upon release for its directing, writing, cinematography and acting, (Sidney Poitier won numerous awards for his role, including the coveted Silver Bear for Best Actor) The Defiant Ones remains one of the most influential films of its era, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a special Dual Format edition.

Original Release

08/14/1958

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Cast

Tony Curtis John 'Joker' Jackson
Sidney Poitier Noah Cullen
Lon Chaney Jr. Big Sam
Charles McGraw Capt. Frank Gibbons
Theodore Bikel Sheriff Max Muller
Cara Williams Billy's Mother
King Donovan Solly
Claude Akins Mack
Lawrence Dobkin Editor
Whit Bissell Lou Gans
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Stanley Kramer

Writers

Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith

Cast

Tony Curtis John 'Joker' Jackson
Sidney Poitier Noah Cullen
Lon Chaney Jr. Big Sam
Charles McGraw Capt. Frank Gibbons
Theodore Bikel Sheriff Max Muller
Cara Williams Billy's Mother
King Donovan Solly
Claude Akins Mack
Lawrence Dobkin Editor
Whit Bissell Lou Gans
Kevin Coughlin Billy
Nedrick Young
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer Angus (as Carl Switzer)

Producers

Editors

Frederic Knudtson

1959 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen Won
1959 Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Won
1959 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Won
1959 Golden Globe Best Actor - Drama Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Actor - Drama Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Director Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Film Promoting International Understanding Nominated
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