#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – When the truck that is transporting convicts has an accident on the road, the inmates John “Joker” Jackson and Noah Cullen that are chained to each other escape. They hate each other but they need to help each other to succeed in their intent of going north to jump in a train and reach freedom. Meanwhile the humane Sheriff Max Muller organizes a posse to track them down in a civilized manner and respecting justice. Joker and Cullen reach a small farm where a lonely woman helps them to get rid of their chains. She offers to drive her car with Joker and her son Billy while Cullen would escape through the swamp to the railroad. But when Joker learns that she sent Cullen to a trap, he leaves her and is shot in the shoulder by Billy. Joker seeks out Cullen to save him and when they meet each other, their former hatred has changed to friendship and respect.
Plot: Two convicts—a white racist and an angry black man—escape while chained to each other.
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Very strong perfomances by Toni Curtis and Sidney Poitier
Opposite characters doomed to each other by handcuffs is an old theme in movies that goes back to at least “The 39 steps” (1935, Alfred Hitchcock). In that film the opposites where man and woman, in “The defiant ones” it is black and white. By taking racism as its subject the film is very liberal in a time that the civil rights issue was firm on the political agenda.
The film thanks a lot to its two main characters. In the first place Sidney Poitier as Noah Cullen. Poitier was the only black star actor of its time and was frequently cast in a film wit racism as its subject. Think of films such as “In the heat of the night” ( 1967, Norman Jewison) and “Guess who’s coming to dinner” (1967, Stanley Kramer). This type casting can be interpreted as a sort of racism of its own kind.
Even more striking is the performance of Tony Curtis as John Jackson. In the beginning he was casted as the handsome guy. The year before “The defiant ones” he had proven with “Sweet smell of success” (1957, Alexander Mackendrick) that he was capable of serious acting too.
Director Stanley Kramer has the image of being more or less a moralist. In his films the social engagement is sometimes a bit to explicit. Apart from the earlier mentioned “Guess who is coming to dinner” (1967) one can think of films such as “Inherit the wind” (1960) and “Judgement at Nuremberg” (1961). In “The defiant ones” there is the right mix between social engamement, action and a sultry form of eroticism. In this respect the film has much in common with “In the heat of the night” ( 1967, Norman Jewison).
The Best Movie on Racism
Kramer’s story about to escaped prisoners hooked up together, black and white, is still the best picture ever made on racism. At first they hate each other, but through their run for freedom they even become true friends and the different color of their skins actually disappears and they are just to men who like each other. Sidney Poitier is good as always and Tony Curtis gives what is probably his best performance ever in drama, matched only by his acting in The Boston Strangler later in 1967. The supporting cast is also good and correctly chosen. Although real action scenes are just a few, Kramer manages to keep attention permanently for viewers along with an increasing interest in how things turn out. Time has not affected the film which still stands as a big one.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min) (Turner library print) (copyright length)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Stanley Kramer
Writer Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith
Actors Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw
Awards Won 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations.
Production Company Stanley Kramer Company
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length 2,643.53 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm