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Defiance (2009)




Drama, War

Release Date

January 16, 2009 (Wide)

MPAA Rating


Production Budget

$50 millions


Paramount Vantage

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Edward Zwick


Edward Zwick, Pieter Jan Brugge


Edward Zwick, Clayton Frohman



Based on an extraordinary true story, "Defiance" is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential - a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.

At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others - men and women, young and old - willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment's freedom. Tuvia (Craig) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (Schreiber) who worries that Tuvia's idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (Bell) is the youngest - caught between his brothers' fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.

"Defiance" is directed by Edward Zwick ("Blood Diamond," "Glory") from a screenplay by Zwick and Clayton Frohman, based on Nechama Tec's non-fiction book of the same name. The producers are Zwick and Pieter Jan Brugge. The team recreating the forest haven includes two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Eduardo Serra ("Blood Diamond," "Girl with a Pearl Earring"), production designer Dan Weil ("Blood Diamond," "The Bourne Identity") and Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan ("Gosford Park," "A Room with a View").

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Daniel Craig stars as Tuvia Bielski in Paramount Vantage's Defiance (2009). Photo credit by Karen Ballard.
Daniel Craig stars as Tuvia Bielski and Liev Schreiber stars as Zus Bielski in Paramount Vantage's Defiance (2009). Photo credit by Karen Ballard.

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“..Defiance resists bold, passionate storytelling and delivers something rather conventional..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..an interesting story, sporadically told in an interesting way..”
by Sean O'Connell [Filmcritic.com]
“..heavy, true-enough historical drama..”
by Amy Nicholson [Boxoffice Magazine]

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