Defiance

Defiance

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DVD - 2009
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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 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2008
Branch Call Number: DEFIA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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True story of a trio of brothers who led a secret village of jews hiding in the forest from the Nazis. Their struggles to survive and disagreements over how to resist and fight back illustrate the complicated nature of this gritty real-life Robin Hood tale.


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Vi_0
May 16, 2019

Unfortunately this movie is not as authentic as it could have been

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Mouziey
Feb 26, 2019

Sometimes it seems like every war movie is made by a culture to cheer for their specific race.
If you look at this film with people of courage & foresight to survive regardless of what technique they use. As a person living in the basic tribulations in life...this is the energy of courage to stride on. These historic people could have committed suicide , submitted & took the easy way out...no they did not.

Those people in our present society should learn suffering now is nothing compared to those that have no drug, food, media, fashion or riches to blame for the lack of....
They defied everything & person ;to live as the epilogue states with 10 & thousands of descendants to this day.

Moral lesson story 5 stars.

A good but not great biopic. Not a masterpiece but a competent effort.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Nov 18, 2017

Excellent film about Jewish resistance to the Nazis during the Holocaust. The story of the Bielski brothers and their "guerilla war" against the Nazis was only discovered during the 1990s, and it's hard to believe, when Tuvia Bielski was found, he was driving a taxi in New York City!

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booksmile
Nov 02, 2017

Brutal story as to be expected, although it would have been even more brutal if they'd spent more time on the women's stories. Even so, I think the filmmakers did a pretty good job of trying to show everyone's point of view (except the Nazis but that's okay--they don't need any more speaking time).

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klimekk
Mar 03, 2017

unfortunately the true about Bielski brothers, so called "partisans" is not very nice
they were just bandits, killing everybody , not necessary nazis nor Germans

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Higgs_Boson
Jul 01, 2015

This is one of the best films on WW II told from the point of view of one of the surviving large Jewish resistance groups "The Bielski Partisans". It is a well done screen play relating the story told in the book "Defiance : the Bielski Partisans" by Tec Nechama which I wish the Santa Monica Public Library carried in book form not just audio book form on a internet site that is only limited to certain types of computers. In any event this movie should be seen by anyone who is studying the World Wars as an introduction to the book and other scholarly work on the Jewish resistance and their struggle for survival as a people during the war.

mimiro Feb 21, 2015

I have to disagree with the other posts. This role was well beyond the acting abilities of Daniel Craig. He has the same facial expression for every sequence - whether seeing his parents shot, falling in love, fighting with his brother. The man cannot act. The movie is long but entertaining. Far more interesting are the bonus features where they interview the children of the people the brothers saved and you get a real idea of what the experience was like. So, skip the movie and check out the bonus features!

AladarNyc Dec 22, 2014

This was a moving and well filmed movie. It stayed true to the roots of the actual historical period and events. The casting was excellent; especially Daniel Craig.

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jazeebelle
Aug 18, 2014

Brilliantly cast film. It was amazing the casting of the brothers. Honestly i did laugh at the few moments of brief comedy relief... i cried at some well done painful scenes. i held my breath at times, and once i even cheered like when i was a little kid at the cinema! The fact it was a true story made it all the better. In the mood for a good fight till the end movie and this is perfect for you!

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butterfly_girl
May 15, 2012

Coarse Language: the f word lots

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butterfly_girl
May 15, 2012

Violence: people been shot and lots of blood

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butterfly_girl
May 15, 2012

Sexual Content: too people naked in bed together.

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jessadam2
Jun 20, 2013

I love this movie . And not just because of Alexa's face. It really is a good movie.

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