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R| 2 hr. 16 min.

Plot Summary
In 1941, Nazi soldiers are slaughtering Eastern European Jews by the thousands. Three brothers, Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael (Jamie Bell), manage to escape and take refuge in the forest where they played in childhood. Seeking a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones, the brothers turn their daily struggle for survival into a battle against the Nazis. As news of their exploits spreads, others join the fray, willing to risk their lives for even brief freedom.

Cast: Daniel Craig , Liev Schreiber , Jamie Bell , Alexa Davalos , Allan Corduner , Mark Feuerstein , Tomas Arana , Jodhi May

Director: Edward Zwick

Genres: Historical drama, War

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Defiance (2008)

Release Date: December 31st, 2008|2 hr. 16 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 41 )
  • For all the film's flaws, this is a war story told with passion about a band of brothers that still has the power to inspire. show more

  • As a drama - an epic drama, no less, clocking in at 137 minutes - its fascination is diffused, and the movie becomes something of a long slog. show more

  • The tale of the resistance movement in Belorussia is undeniably inspiring and ideally suited for a cinematic rendering. But Defiance resists bold, passionate storytelling and delivers something rather conventional. show more

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  • March 20, 2009 noccom
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    Theaters in my area won't show it... why?

  • March 13, 2009 Lorgur
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    This was a very good film, Everyone did an excellent job in it. Highly recommend it

  • February 27, 2009 WildBanshies
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    I know why the critics gave it such a low mark. It makes you look inside humanity to see how cruel it can become. There are some who wish the genicide had not happened; it did... Sadly again and again it raises it's head. This is a must see!!! (Lest we forget...)

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