Defiance (2008)


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137 min   –  Action | Drama | History  –   16 January 2009 (USA)

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from 82,112 users  

Metascore:  58/100

Director: Edward Zwick

Writers: Clayton Frohman (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay)

Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.

Plot Summary

This is the true story of 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 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

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Cast

  • Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski
  • Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski
  • Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski
  • George MacKay as Aron Bielski
  • Alexa Davalos as Lilka Ticktin
  • Allan Corduner as Shimon Haretz
  • Mark Feuerstein as Isaac Malbin
  • Tomas Arana as Ben Zion Gulkowitz
  • Mia Wasikowska as Chaya Dziencielsky
  • Iben Hjejle as Bella
  • Jodhi May as Tamara Skidelski
  • Kate Fahy as Riva Reich
  • Iddo Goldberg as Yitzhak Shulman
  • Sam Spruell as Arkady Lubczanski
  • Ravil Isyanov as Victor Panchenko
  • Rolandas Boravskis as Gramov

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.

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