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The Defiant Ones (1958) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Stanley Kramer and produced by Stanley Kramer.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorTony CurtisNominated
Best ActorSidney PoitierNominated
Best Supporting ActorTheodore BikelNominated
Best Supporting ActressCara WilliamsNominated
Best CinematographySam LeavittWon
Best DirectorStanley KramerNominated
Best Film EditingFrederic KnudtsonNominated
Best PictureStanley Kramer, ProducerNominated
Best WritingNedrick Young, Harold Jacob SmithWon
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The Defiant Ones (1958)

By Beatrice on Oct 11, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Defiant Ones Directed by Stanley Kramer Written by Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith 1958/USA Curtleigh Productions/Stanley Kramer Productions Repeat viewing/My DVD collection #345 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Sheriff Max Muller: The warden’s got a sense of humor. Chain... Read full article


The Defiant Ones (1958)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 24, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier with director Stanley Kramer, the film opens in the pouring rain with a truck full of convicts. It goes off road and no one is hurt except two men escape.? A Sheriff an state policemen begin tracking them on foot. However, this pair is unique since one is the ... Read full article


The Defiant Ones (1958)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 24, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier with director Stanley Kramer, the film opens in the pouring rain with a truck full of convicts. It goes off road and no one is hurt except two men escape.? A Sheriff an state policemen begin tracking them on foot. However, this pair is unique since one is the ... Read full article


The Defiant Ones

By Alyson on Feb 3, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

In 1958, the Civil Rights movement was gaining strength and The Defiant Ones became more fuel for the fire. ?Directed by the great Stanley Kramer, the film tells the story of two escaped prisoners chained together and trying to outrun the authorities in the south, one man is black, the other white. ... Read full article


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John 'Joker' Jackson: Cullen, I can't make it.
Noah Cullen: [Holding out his arm as if they are still chained together] Come on, man, you draggin' the chain.


Noah Cullen: [after covering Joker's face with mud so it doesn't show in the moonlight] There, now just the meanness shines through.


Noah Cullen: [to John] Go on, tell me all that big talk about Charlie Potatoes, when the chains off and nobody chasing you. Come on. You can't, can you? You can't because you're nothing. You're not even a man! You're a monkey on a stick. That cracker mob back there, they pull the string and you jump.
[John punches him]


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The young man with the transistor radio is played by Our Gang graduate Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer; this was Switzer's final screen appearance before his untimely death in a shooting incident.
Stanley Kramer originally had Sidney Poitier and Marlon Brando in mind for the two protagonists. Both were interested but only Poitier was available. Brando was caught up in filming Mutiny on the Bounty, a film with a highly troubled and seemingly endless shoot. As the start date for The Defiant Ones loomed, Kramer had no option but to start looking at other actors.
Robert Mitchum turned down the Tony Curtis' role. Mitchum, a real-life veteran of a Southern chain gang, said that he didn't believe the premise that a black and white man would be chained together, as such a thing would never happen in the very strictly segregated South. Over the years, this reason was corrupted to the point where many people now believe Mitchum turned down the role because he didn't want to be chained to a black man, an absolute falsehood. Curtis repeated the inaccurate story in his autobiography, but since has recanted after it was explained to him.
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