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Defiance (2008)

  R HD Closed Captioning

Edward Zwick

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Plot Summary

Daniel Craig (James Bond: Quantum of Solace) stars as Tuvia Bielski, an ordinary citizen turned hero, in this action-packed epic of family, honor, vengeance and salvation. Defiance is a riveting adventure that showcases the extraordinary true story of the Bielski brothers, simple farmers –outnumbered and outgunned- who turned a group of war refugees into powerful freedom fighters. Tuvia, along with his unyielding brother, Zus (Liev Schreiber, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), motivate hundreds of civilians to join their ranks against the Nazi regime. Their "Inspirational story" is a true testament to the human spirit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 178
  • Fresh: 101
  • Rotten: 77
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's difficult, perhaps impossible, to make a gripping 137-minute epic about people standing around under the trees. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It is, all in all, a film as square-shouldered as its leads -- tough-minded, forcibly acted and conventionally spun by Zwick and co-writer Clayton Frohman. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's understandable and laudable that they desire not to sensationalize the Bielskis, and they've made a worthy film. But their understated approach makes the struggle seem less urgent than it must surely have been. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Schreiber and Craig make a well-matched pair of bulls. Schreiber's volatility is a nice foil to the taciturn intelligence that makes Craig such a great Bond. – Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

not enough publicity

I went and saw this movie and I came out of the theatre amazed! It is a true story that has so much action and emotion in this movie it deserved an oscar nomination. I strongly recomoend for everyone. Go see it, it will amaze you.


I wish people would a) review the movie itself, and b) see the movie before writing a review about it. That being said, this movie was wonderful. I absolutely loved it. It's a perfect blend of everything you want to see. I highly recommend it. Great performances by everyone.


I watched this movie in the theatres opening day, and it truly amazed me. it is full of emotion, and has a great balance of action. to know that this is a true story makes it even more epic. i would highly recomend this movie to anyone.

Defiance (2008)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2008

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