The defiant ones /

by Kramer, Stanley; Young, Nedrick; Smith, Harold Jacob; Curtis, Tony; Poitier, Sidney; Bikel, Theodore; McGraw, Charles; Chaney, Lon, Jr; Donovan, King; Akins, Claude; Dobkin, Lawrence; Bissell, Whit; Williams, Cara; Leavitt, Samuel; Knudtson, Frederic; Gold, Ernest; King, Joe; Sternad, Rudolph; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; United Artists Corporation; MGM Home Entertainment Inc.
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, ©2004Description: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 0792863801; 9780792863809; 0792851609; 9780792851608.Language note: Dialogue in English with optional French or Spanish soundtrack, and with optional French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.Subject(s): Escapes -- Southern States -- Drama | Fugitives from justice -- Drama | Racism -- Drama | Southern States | Feature films | Drama | Gangster films | Feature filmsCast: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney, King Donovan, Claude Akins, Lawrence Dobkin, Whit Bissell, Carl Switzer, Kevin Coughlin, Cara Williams.Summary: Two convicts escaping from a Southern work gang discover that they are bound together by an unbreakable iron chain and separated by a hatred for each other. But in order to elude capture they must overcome their hostility.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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, Rovi

Originally released as a motion picture in 1958.

Includes original theatrical trailer.

Director of photography, Sam Leavitt ; editor, Frederic Knudtson ; music, Ernest Gold ; costume designer, Joe King ; production designer, Rudolph Sternad.

Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney, King Donovan, Claude Akins, Lawrence Dobkin, Whit Bissell, Carl Switzer, Kevin Coughlin, Cara Williams.

Two convicts escaping from a Southern work gang discover that they are bound together by an unbreakable iron chain and separated by a hatred for each other. But in order to elude capture they must overcome their hostility.

MPAA rating: Not rated.

DVD.

Dialogue in English with optional French or Spanish soundtrack, and with optional French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

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