The Defiant Ones

“They’ll probably kill each other in the first five miles.”

Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis are prisoners on the run, lashed together by shackles and racial-tinged hatred.

Desperate to stay one step ahead of the braying dogs, and gun-packing cops, hot on their heels, the duo learn life lessons along the way, becoming better men.

Now, that sounds a tad preachy, and director Stanley Kramer was a big one for “message” movies, but the film roars with life thanks to the performances of its cast.

Poitier, in particular, is aces as a man who has reached his breaking point.

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