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The Defiant Ones

Stanley Kramer / US, 1958 / 97 min.

Exciting and committed to social justice: in The Defiant Ones Stanley Kramer tackles prejudice and racial hatred in an action movie about two escaped prisoners shackled together – one black, the other white. Featuring stellar roles by Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis.

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Stanley Kramer’s crime drama about two prisoners – one white, the other black – who escape from a chain gang and need to cooperate to survive, has a pretty simple storyline. Men in the grip of toxic racial hatred and suspicion have to overcome their prejudices to find out that they are really the same, irrespective of skin colour.



Stanley Kramer

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The Defiant Ones


97 min.





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