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The Defiant Ones (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 5 January 1986
Carl Monroe and 'Joker' Johnson share some things: They are both in jail and they both hate each other. After a fist fight the are going to be put into an other jailhouse by car. They come ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Urich ... Johnny 'Joker' Johnson
Carl Weathers ... Cullen Monroe
Ed Lauter ... Sheriff Leroy Doyle
Barry Corbin ... Floyd Carpenter
Laurie O'Brien ... Pauline
Thalmus Rasulala ... Fred
William Sanderson ... Mason
Ritch Brinkley ... Lonny
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Deputy Miller
Wil Wheaton ... Clyde
Charles Bartlett ... Jeffcoat
Richard Fullerton ... First Guard
Bob Harris Bob Harris ... Driver
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Carl Monroe and 'Joker' Johnson share some things: They are both in jail and they both hate each other. After a fist fight the are going to be put into an other jailhouse by car. They come to blows so wild that their transport has an accident. They manage to escape chained to each other, still hating each other and the sheriff hunting them. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Two escaped cons. Men with nothing in common but two centuries of hate. And one foot of chain steel.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Defiant Ones See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Wil Wheaton filmed his scenes in between foot surgeries. See more »

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Remake of The Defiant Ones (1958) See more »

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Stick with the Original
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Defiant Ones, The (1986)

** (out of 4)

Carl Weathers and Robert Urich take over the roles originally played by Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis in this made for TV remake. If you've seen the original film then this one really doesn't offer anything new plot wise. There are a few minor changes made to the story but everything is basically the same. I found this to be somewhat better than I expected due to the performance of Weathers but it's in no way, shape or form on the same level as the original, which I feel is one of the greatest films ever made. Weathers gives a very strong performance in his role but Urich is only so-so but the two do have good chemistry together. The supporting cast is decent but they really bring the film down, which wasn't the case for the original, which featured some terrific supporting performances. The music score is also pretty annoying as it goes for a semi-hard rock sound, which really doesn't do the film any justice.


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