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Defiance (2008)

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Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to build a village, in order to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-combatants.

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Edward Zwick

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Clayton Frohman (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Tuvia Bielski
Liev Schreiber ... Zus Bielski
Jamie Bell ... Asael Bielski
Alexa Davalos ... Lilka Ticktin
Allan Corduner ... Shimon Haretz
Mark Feuerstein ... Isaac Malbin
Tomas Arana ... Ben Zion Gulkowitz
Jodhi May ... Tamara Skidelsky
Kate Fahy Kate Fahy ... Riva Reich
Iddo Goldberg ... Yitzhak Shulman
Iben Hjejle ... Bella
Martin Hancock ... Peretz Shorshaty
Ravil Isyanov ... Viktor Panchenko
Jacek Koman ... Konstanty 'Koscik' Kozlowski
George MacKay ... Aron Bielski
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Storyline

On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Freedom begins with an act of defiance! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The object the Bielskis take from their house is a mezuzah, a piece of parchment (often contained in a decorative case). A mezuzah is affixed to the door frame of Jewish houses to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to inscribe the words of the Shema "on the door posts of your house". The parchment is inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21). These verses comprise the Jewish prayer "Shema Yisrael", beginning with the phrase: "Listen, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One." See more »

Goofs

The shotgun shells that Zus uses appear to be plastic hulled, from the 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Tuvia Bielski: We're family. We have to stick together.
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Connections

Referenced in Defiance: Return to the Forest (2009) See more »

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A Tants Fun Propoisk
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Arranged by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch
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Great movie, light on facts
31 December 2008 | by eba-junkSee all my reviews

I enjoyed "Defiance" immensely -- there was humor and heartache, with a liberal dose of action. Not a brainless action movie, enough of a story to make it memorable, and fast-paced enough to keep me from becoming bored.

On the other hand, although the movie captures the spirit of the story, it is far from a documentary, and I'd have preferred a more historically accurate film. I'm biased, though -- I read the Peter Duffy book "Bielski Brothers" soon after it was released ("Defiance" is based on a different book), and I found the real story even more compelling than the Hollywood version.

Nonetheless, I live in the real world where directors have to shoot on a budget, and this was a good, diverting peek into a story that was long overdue to be told.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lithuania

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,513, 4 January 2009

Gross USA:

$28,644,813

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,262,751
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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