The Defiant Ones

24 Aug

In 1958, Stanley Kramers’s The Defiant Ones challenges the racist ideologies of America and demonstrate mankind’s capacity for change.   Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) and John ‘Joker’ Jackson (Tony Curtis) are chained together when their prison truck crashes in a ditch. The two convicts make a break for freedom, but neither man can do it without the help of the other.  The scenes between the two stars are unforgettable struggles that other filmmakers have been trying to replicate for over fifty years, but none of these efforts have even come close to the powerful performances given by Poitier and Curtis.

The awards and nominations this film received does not significantly communicate the impact this film had on the entertainment industry. It was the first time Poitier’s name was above a title (at Curtis’s request) and a vehicle for some of our greatest actors today.  This is one of my favorite classic film of all time.


Chuck’s Grade: A+

Adam’s Grade: N/A

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