The Defiant Ones (1958) - Crime, Drama

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Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 9 out of 78 found boring (11.53%)

One-line Reviews (49)

While it might seem obvious where the story is going, how it gets there is never predictable, or dull.

But, all in all, I found this boring, heavy-handed and slow-moving.

*Emotion- An enjoyable and rather interesting insight into race relations.

The defiant ones is by far one of the oldest movies i have watched to date and i loved every moment Tony Curtis as the joker was amazing i loved his intense aggression and at the end of the movie he understands and empathizes with Cullen.

) of this film is devoid of any extra features, especially commentary by Poitier and Curtis or Bikel which would prove fascinating.

In a time when the discussion of racial politics was virtually non-existant in the popular culture, this film might have been gripping and poetic.

THE DEFIANT ONES moves just a touch slow at times, particularly when the focus is placed on Curtis.

it's an heavy movie with its subject but luckily the movie overall remains quite entertaining to watch as well.

The talks and insights are thoroughly predictable and I actually rolled my eyes a few time at how obvious this was getting.

Poitier is again forced to adopt a degree of racial stereotyping, notably his crooning of the plantation-type song, but his acting is more consistent than Curtis and for me, more enjoyable.

But when it does come up its put around the characters first, not the premise, the progression of the characters in this situation proves compelling...

Jacob Smith's and blacklisted Nedrick Young's screenplay also won an Oscar, but that choice is more questionable; for every good line there is an artificial-sounding clunker, and one of the climactic plot twists is painfully predictable.

The dialogue is so powerful and intense and again, thankfully it never becomes preachy.

Curtis managed to shake of his "pretty boy" image playing his bigoted white prisoner, and Poitier became a big star playing the angry southern black man, together in chains for three quarters of the film they are a fantastic duo who hate each other at first but become close friends, this film at the time was definitely a great statement for the need of racial equality, the script is full of both punch and poignancy, and it works really well as an exciting chase movie, a highly entertaining crime drama.

There is a subplot that follows the sheriff's posse pursuing them, but it is poorly developed and serves mostly to slow the movie down.

The situation leads to all kinds of circumstances, which director Stanley Kramer took good advantage of making for numerous exciting scenes.

Bikel is simply stunning in his offhand performance as the humanitarian leader of the manhunt, and McGraw is unyielding in his determination to bring in the escapees swiftly and by any means necessary.

It's difficult to make the entire running time of a film suspenseful, but this film is filled with emotional and physical conflict and keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

As the film now sits at a 7.7 of 10 on IMDb, I have to wonder if 1958 was a slow year.

I found this film very entertaining, thanks in part from great performances by both Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis, and due to great directing by Stanley Kramer.

It is fascinating to watch a link of respect and mutual reliance grow between the two men, more durable than the physical link.

Just unbearable loneliness.

In fact this is probably one of Sidney Sidney Poitier's worst movies.

In one of the worst decisions in Oscar history, the award went to the incredibly weak and dull Gigi, one of the worst ever Best Picture winners.

Tony Curtis, who up to this point in his career, had only been given light roles to play, is the unexpected surprise of the film.

This paralleled with the subplot of the authorities in their pursuit with their inter conflict makes the cat-and-mouse plot entertaining to watch.

Sidney Poitier has a way of making films so enjoyable to watch.

A totally absorbing film showing great acting talents of Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier as escapees from a chain gang.

While it starts to slow down in pace in the third act, its beautiful full circle seals the deal.

No matter, it is a pretty good movie, and Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier do an intense job as John "Joker" Jackson and Noah Cullen, respectively.

If you haven't seen this classic, rent it this weekend and get ready for an extremely thrilling screening.

This is a "coming of age" film for America.

With enough thrilling action to keep it enjoyable today, this is an important film that provided Poitier with a breakthrough role and helped Curtis to escape the simplistic hero mode in which his talents had too often been wasted.

To make matters worse they run into a woman (Cara Williams) at the end and the film comes to a screeching halt (and it was already slow to begin with!

A great and also enjoyable character movie, that is dealing with some serious- and at its time also relevant subjects.

When I first saw it I wrote in my diary: "Contrived stuff, but entertaining.

It's an exciting adventure, along the lines of THE FUGITIVE, as our anti-heroes elude their captors and try to survive in the unforgiving wilderness.

After seeing it I thought perhaps the critical acclaim was to do with the TVM remake that starred Robert Urich because this is a film so melodramatic and dated that any cynical audience member will either fall asleep through boredom or throw popcorn at the screen A truck carrying members of a chain gang crashes and a couple of convicts escape .

Cara Williams is riveting every second she is on screen, and Lon Chaney Jr. acts as a counterbalance to the casual prejudice of the other Caucasian characters.

"The Defiant Ones" is a truly great film starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier, both of whom earned their money and deserved their Oscar nominations in this exciting and moving film, beautifully directed by Stanley Kramer.

The plot is simple but intense.

Douglas' screenplay dodges cliché and contains still-believable dialogue.

The struggle between them is fascinating, particularly in how the physical obstacles in front of them are written.

The Defiant Ones (1958) Director: Stanley Kramer Watched: May 31, 2018 Rating: 7/10 Intriguing premise, Escaped convicts wed by chain, One black and one white.

It's just a distraction, as is the unbelievably formulaic lynch mob.

Both Curtis and Poitier are excellent, the photography is some of the best b&w ever, and the entire scene in the turpentine camp with Claude Akins and Lon Chaney Jr. is simply riveting.

The film won an Oscar for its screenplay, which it certainly deserved because if the dialogue had been boring then there wouldn't have been a film.

But this is a movie as important as it is worth watching.

The way these two men shape their characters is truly breathtaking to watch and both actors make these among the most memorable characters from any film ever made.