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  • Dir. Stanley Kramer
  • USA
  • 1958
  • 96 min.
  • NR
  • 35mm
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Weekend Classics: Remembering Sidney Poitier.

All Screenings: Pre-recorded introduction from film critic Craig D. Lindsey

Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) and Joker Jackson (Tony Curtis) are two convicts on the run. Escaping from a Southern work gang, the two men are bound together by an unbreakable iron chain and separated by an unbridled hatred towards each other. Relentlessly pursued by a posse and bloodhounds, they put aside their differences to survive.

Highly acclaimed upon release for its directing, writing, cinematography and acting — Sidney Poitier won numerous awards for his role, including the coveted Silver Bear for Best Actor — THE DEFIANT ONES remains one of the most influential films of its era.

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