Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Defiant Ones
After the van transporting them drives off the road, convicts John "Joker" Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) escape. A chain between them prevents them from going their seperate ways, but that becomes second to their need to survive.
The subject matter may be dated, but the impact it had fifty-two years ago has held up. The performances by Curtis and Poitier are remarkable. Kramer's storytelling flourishes in this. The dialogue is sharp and biting, a remnant of the tensions of those times.
My Rating: *****