The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

  • 1958
  • Approved
  • 96 min
  • USA
  • crime, drama

A truck transporting criminals meets with an accident. Inmates Jack and Noah who are chained together escape. Despite immense hatred for each other, the duo must get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer

Writers: Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith

Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Cara Williams

Won 1959 Golden Globes Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama

Powerful and unhackneyed drama produced and directed by Stanley Kramer. It's one of 1958's finest.

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  • Stanley Kramer
    Stanley Kramer
    Stanley Earl Kramer (September 29, 1913 - February 19, 2001) was an American film director and producer responsible for some of Hollywood's most famous "message" movies. His notable films include The Defiant Ones (1958), On the Beach (1959), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Ship of Fools (1965) and Guess Who's Coming to...

Main Cast


Tagline: One of the great ones!

Certificate: Approved

Genres: crime, drama

Categories: escaped convict, manhunt, mississippi, race relations, neglected wife, sheriff, lynching


Producer: Stanley Kramer

Editor: Frederic Knudtson

Director of photography: Sam Leavitt

Original music composer: Ernest Gold

Production design: Rudolph Sternad

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 96 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Sound Mix: Mono

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Black and White