The Defiant Ones
- Original title
The Defiant Ones
- Running time
- 96 min.
- United States
Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith
Sam Leavitt (B&W)
Lon Chaney Jr.,
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer,
Drama. Thriller | Racism
- Synopsis / Plot
- This 1958 variation on Huck Finn's adventures with Jim finds a white convict (Tony Curtis) chained to a black convict (Sidney Poitier) as they both escape their captors. With each man literally stuck with the other, racial conflicts take a back seat to survival. Directed by Stanley Kramer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), the film's obvious consciousness-raising is mitigated by a pair of raw performances from the stars, memorable appearances by Lon Chaney Jr. and Cara Williams, and Kramer's strong storytelling abilities.
: 2 Academy Awards: Best Screenplay, Cinematography (B&W). 9 Nominations
: Golden Globes: Best Movie - Drama. 6 nominations
: BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Poitier). 3 Nominations
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Sidney Poitier)
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Director, Screenplay
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