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Defiant Ones, The
Convicts Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier escape from a chain gang. Curtis' character, John Joker Jackson, hates blacks, while Poitier's character, Noah Cullen, hates whites. However, the men are manacled together, forced to rely on each other to survive. Captured at one point by a lynch-happy mob, the convicts are rescued by Big Sam (Lon Chaney Jr.), himself a former convict. The men are later sheltered by a lonely, love-hungry widow played by Cara Williams, who offers to turn in Cullen if Joker will stay with her. By the time the two men are within hailing distance of a train that might take them to freedom, they have become friends. The script for The Defiant Ones is credited to Harold Jacob Smith and Nathan E. Douglas. The latter was really Nedrick Young, a blacklisted writer, whom producer Stanley Kramer hired knowing full well that Young was using an alias (when Douglas' credit appears onscreen, it is superimposed over a close-up of a truck driver -- played by Nedrick Young). Both the script and the photography by Sam Leavitt won Academy Awards. If you look closely, you'll notice that the actor playing Angus is former Little Rascal Carl Alfalfa Switzer, making his last screen appearance. The Defiant Ones was remade for TV in 1986, with Robert Urich and Carl Weathers in the leads.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

The Films of Sidney Poitier film series presents The Defiant Ones at the Lindo Theatre on Wednesday, September 3 at 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per movie or $20 for the series.
GENRE:
Drama
ACTORS:
Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Theodore Bikel
RATING:
NR
RUNTIME:
1 hr. 37 mins.
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