The Defiant Ones Poster

Release Date: September 11th, 2005

DVD Release Date: December 11th, 2001

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
In 1950s America, members of a chain gang are being transported through the South when their truck crashes. Two of the convicts, John "Joker" Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier), who are chained together, find an opportunity to escape. Jackson is white, Cullen is black and, at first, the men appear to be opposites in every way. But as they flee across the country, the two form a deep bond. A female landowner leads Jackson to make a difficult decision about his own freedom.

Cast: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Cara Williams, Lon Chaney Jr., King Donovan, Claude Akins

Director: Stanley Kramer

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Stanley Kramer Company

Keywords: Endearing, 1950s, Escape, Friendship, Spirited, Sacrifice, Brash


Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture
Nominated Actor
Winner Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Promoting International Understanding
Winner Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958)
Winner United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture