The Defiant Ones

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In 1950s America, members of a chain gang are being transported through the South when their truck crashes. Two of the convicts, John "Joker" Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier), who are chained together, find an opportunity to escape. Jackson is white, Cullen is black and, at first, the men appear to be opposites in every way. But as they flee across the country, the two form a deep bond. A female landowner leads Jackson to make a difficult decision about his own freedom.

Release details

Release date: Saturday September 27 1958
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stanley Kramer
Screenwriter: Harold Jacob Smith, Ned Young
Cast: Tony Curtis
Sidney Poitier
Theodore Bikel
Charles McGraw
Lon Chaney
King Donovan
Cara Williams
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