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The Defiant Ones

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Original title
The Defiant Ones
Running time
96 min.
United States United States
Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith
Ernest Gold
Sam Leavitt (B&W)
United Artists
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.
1958: 2 Academy Awards: Best Screenplay, Cinematography (B&W). 9 Nominations
1958: Golden Globes: Best Movie - Drama. 6 nominations
1958: BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Poitier). 3 Nominations
1958: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1958: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
1958: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Sidney Poitier)
1958: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Director, Screenplay
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