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Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: buddy film, drama film, crime film, thrillerRuntime: 96 - 97 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Stanley KramerScreenwriter: Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob SmithMusic: Ernest GoldCinematography: Sam LeavittStars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Akins, Lawrence Dobkin, Whit Bissell, Carl Switzer, Nedrick Young, King DonovanProducer: Stanley KramerStudio: United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAwards won: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Sam Leavitt)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith)
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama (Stanley Kramer)
United Nations Awards
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Sidney Poitier)
Academy Award for Best Actor (Tony Curtis)
Academy Award for Best Director (Stanley Kramer)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Frederic Knudtson)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Stanley Kramer)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Theodore Bikel)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Cara Williams)
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped prisoners, one white and one black, who are shackled together and who must co-operate in order to survive. It stars Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Charles McGraw, and Lon Chaney, Jr.. Ivan Dixon was a stunt double for Sidney Poitier The film was adapted by Harold Jacob Smith from the story by Nedrick Young, originally credited as Nathan E. Douglas. It was directed by Stanley Kramer. Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, of the Our Gang comedies, has a small role. It was his last before his death.

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