The Defiant Ones

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Typical piece of liberal pleading from Kramer in which two escaped cons (Curtis and Poitier) go on the run manacled together in an oh-so-obvious metaphor for racial hatred. The suspense of the manhunt in the swamps never really overcomes the dead weight of Kramer's 'message', but pleasures are to be found in the supporting roles of McGraw and Chaney.

By: MA

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Duration: 96 mins

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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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