- Original title
- Running time
- 137 min.
- United States
Edward Zwick, Clay Frohman (Book: Nechama Tec)
James Newton Howard
Paramount Vantage / The Bedford Falls Company / Grosvenor Park Productions
War. Drama | II World War. Holocaust. Based On A True Story
- Synopsis / Plot
- Three brothers in Bielorrusia during WWII escape to the forest and join forces with soldiers from the Russian Resistance. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Three brothers turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential—a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others—men and women, young and old—willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment's freedom. Tuvia (Daniel Craig) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (Liev Schreiber) who worries that Tuvia's idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (Jamie Bell) is the youngest—caught between his brothers' fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appears to be lost.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Soundtrack
: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Original Soundtrack
- Critics' reviews
Stiff, musclebound new movie (...) is a perfectly honorable intention, but the problem is that, in setting out to overturn historical stereotypes of Jewish passivity, Mr. Zwick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Clayton Frohman) ends up affirming them."
A. O. Scott: The New York Times
"The tale (...) is undeniably inspiring and ideally suited for a cinematic rendering. But Defiance resists bold, passionate storytelling and delivers something rather conventional. (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of four)"
Claudia Puig: USA Today
"The perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues. It's exciting, well-acted, touching, and genuine. (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of four)"
Gene Newman: Premiere
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