The Defiant Ones

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Stanley Kramer
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Long gone

Ain't he lucky

Long gone

To Kentucky

Long gone

What I mean

Long gone Sam on a bowlin' green

Bowlin' green

Sewin' machine

Sewin' machine

Sew so fast

Sew eleven stitches

In a little cat's tail

I left my home in Nashville

A-look a-here what I got, Jack

A-twenty long years on a chain gang

A-sweatin' and bustin' rock

A judge, he come from Memphis

A-put me in the pen

If I ever see his face once more

He never get home again

That judge be long gone

To Kentucky

Long gone

Don't mean maybe

A long gone

What I mean

A long gone judge on a bowlin' green

Bowlin' green

A sewin' machine

A sewin' machine

Will you listen to him?

We oughta make him ride up front.

See how much singin' he'll do then.

In a little cat's tail

Shut up, do you hear me?! Shut up!

Long gone

Did you hear what I said? I said shut up!

Ain't he lucky

Shut up!

Long gone

To Kentucky

Long gone

You heard what the man

said, n*gger. Now shut up!

You call me n*gger again, Joker,

and I'm gonna kill ya!

Make your move, ni...

Look out!


(police radio)


Sheriff Muller speakin'.

No, Governor. Nobody dead.

Yes. Sideswiped.

Yes. Only two escaped.

Yes, Governor, I know

what my first obligation is.

We're still waitin' on the dogs.

Yes, Governor. Any minute now.

I got a call in to Warden Comisky.

Yes, Governor. I'm quite sure you will.

Hello, Max.

- Am I the first?

- You're the only one I called.

- Anythin' new?

- Not a thing.

Drivers are still unconscious. The men

don't know anythin', or won't say.

- Who was on the phone?

- The governor.

- Oh? Anythin' I can print?

- Sure.

He says he's gonna get

to the bottom of this.

- That's nice of him.

- It's an election year.

It's election year for you, too, Max.

Try Warden Comisky again.

We need that laundry for the dogs.

And call Marysville.

See if they located that dog man.

Here you are, Sheriff. Coffee.


( rock'n'roll)

Let's go, boys, let's go. Pile it out.

That's right, pile it out, will you, boys?

We have no time to lose.

Now what the devil...?

Here we are, Max.

- Who sent for you?

- I called 'em.

- What am I gonna do with 'em?

- Deputise 'em.

We can't work short-handed.

I only have six men.

Will you turn that radio off, please?

If the roadblocks don't pick them up,

we may have to fine-comb a lot

of ground before we flush 'em.

Well, watch how you play with

those guns. They're not toys.

Are you kiddin', Max, after all the huntin'

we've done? It's just like runnin' rabbits.

- These are men.

- Same thing.


Men and rabbits... same thing.

It's not the same thing!

Well, we just want to give you

a hand, Max. Help out.

- You wanna be helpful, Lou?

- Sure, Max.

Good. Get rid of this.

All right, boys. Chow down the line.

Let's eat it up. Off we go.

Quit bein' stubborn. They really want

to help, and they can come in handy.

- I guess so.

- All right.

What about the two men who escaped?

- Sheriff, I got the warden on the phone.

- Fine.

Get the captain to show you the records.

Get everythin' you want from them.

(police radio)

Noah Cullen. Negro.

Assault and battery. Intent to kill. 10 to 20.

Parole refused. Solitary. Work camp.

John Jackson. Caucasian.

Armed robbery...

- Caucasian?

- Caucasian.

Five to 10. Attacked guard.

Additional five. Parole refused.

Hey, Max. How come they chained

a white man to a black?

The warden's got a sense of humour.

What'd he say just now?

He said not to worry about catching 'em.

They'll probably kill each other

before they go five miles.

(birds chirping)

( rock'n'roll)

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Nedrick Young

Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968), also known by the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas, was an actor and screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s. He is credited with writing the screenplay for Jailhouse Rock in 1957, which starred Elvis Presley. Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to screenwriting, he also took on an acting role in various feature-length films during the period 1943–1966. He was married to actress Elizabeth MacRae.Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54. more…

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