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Defiance (1980)

Jan Michael Vincent , Theresa Saldana , John Flynn  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jan Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Art Carney
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Writers: Thomas Michael Donnelly
  • Producers: Robert J. Wunsch, William S. Gilmore, Jr., Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An out-of work merchant seaman single-handedly tames a powerful street gang ("The Souls") that has been terrorizing his neighborhood on New York City's Lower East Side.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NYC was one SCARY place back in the day! March 26, 2004
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It's a shame that this movie is so relatively unknown and barely seen on TV anymore. Anyone who is a fan of gritty, urban flicks set in NYC in the '70s and early '80s ("Death Wish," "Taxi Driver," "Gloria," "Fort Apache, the Bronx," etc.) should definitely check out 1979's "Defiance," starring Jan Michael Vincent as Tom Gamble, a merchant seaman who is forced to reside in Manhattan's Lower East Side until he can find employment on another ship. As it turns out, the Lower East Side (or "L.E.S." as it has come to be known over the years by its actual residents) is run by a vicious street gang known as the Savage Souls, and it isn't long before Gamble and the Souls are at odds with each other, culminating in a brutal (and very realistically-staged) fight between Gamble and the gang's leader in the hallways and stairways of a housing project .
As a Puerto Rican who has lived in Manhattan all of his life, I'll be the first to admit that there are hints of prejudice throughtout the movie: Like other vigilante films of the same era ("Death Wish," "Fighting Back," "Vigilante,"), the protagonist is a white man who is going to "clean up the streets" by taking on out-of-control minorities who have become too much of a problem for the the police to handle (in this case, it is the Souls, a mostly Puerto Rican gang led by the not-so-Puerto Rican actor Rudy Ramos).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure ! July 11, 2005
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Why is it that other less works get a dvd release and this does not?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic old-school action flick!! June 22, 2011
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I saw this on cable TV many times, I even had it recorded on my DVR box, until the hard drive went out. I was glad when I saw it finally available on DVD. I'm puzzled though as to why it was released on a DVD-R format. I'm sure that this film was popular (at least in cult status), to warrant a release on standard DVD. The film print that this was copied from looks kind of grainy at times (the version on cable looked a lot sharper and richer), but the overall sound is good. I'm just glad to finally have it on DVD, period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure '80s Nostalgia September 29, 2012
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This was a "manufactured on demand" product and the quality of the packaging is first rate. The quality of the film transfer itself is quite lacking, which is to be expected for such an obscure film from the '80s, but it is good enough. The film is your typical "good guy vs. bad guys" revenge movie, but it's fun. If you like watching WWE events, you will probably like this as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Michael Vincent at his best! March 1, 2012
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This movie really impressed me. Here we get to see Jan Michael Vincent in his prime fighting against the odds against predatory gang members. This movie has a cult following for good reason. It's a gritty portrayal of a vigilante pushing back against violent criminals and standing up for marginalized people who too often are helpless victims.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad guys get that " A " KICKED ! ! ! October 21, 2011
Saw this on HBO when I was 16, Loved it ! the scene where the old punch drunk fighter, Wacko, puts his trunks and robe on and wraps his hands to go fight the gang broke my heart, even though they snuffed him out he got in a few bombs. This is the movie hollyweird needs to remake, not all the comic book /super hero crap. Trust me, everyones sick of all that. Remake this movie and give Jan Michael a cameo, he could use the help. Cheers....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie December 29, 2012
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Man saw this movie a long time ago and it's a classic. This is a great story of how one would stand up and others joined along.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Defiance June 7, 2012
By Zeke
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This is one of those films that is something of a walking contradiction. Some of the acting is not exactly top shelf. The story line is a little weak. However, in my opinion this is one of the two best performances that Jan Michael Vincent ever gave. He is backed up by a very good cast of outstanding character actors. The music sets the stage for the suspense and the action is good without being grisly. This may not be high art, but it perhaps serves a higher purpose. When you come home from a brutal day and you don't want to just want to be entertained....see the downtrodden guy win....see someone beat the odds.....put this movie in your player, unplug your brain, crack a cold one, lean back and enjoy the ride. It's stress management at its best and, in the end, a well made, "feel good" movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars not great acting but quite enjoyable
reminds me of home
Published 1 hour ago by fatmee
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the official description mentions
I watched (am watching) this on (*or very near actually on Jan-Michael's birthday on July 14, 2014. Jan-Michael's birthday is July 15, 2014. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mike Sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars I am a bit disappointed. I believe that this is a copy
I am a bit disappointed. I believe that this is a copy, not an original. I did not look at the description, for I thought it was not legal to do that. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Linda Ayla
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is verry good
all i can say is if you never seen it you are missing out . i give it a r star rating good story line
Published 1 month ago by RUBEN RIVERA
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
This movie is great and love the music. Have to see t for yourself and see how good it is.
Published 3 months ago by Janet M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Copy
Not as fuzzy as most of the other good movies from the past. Very clear, and you can hear what they are saying. I was impressed.
Published 3 months ago by Larry W. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Classical Circumstances
Much like many Kurosawa movies, this one touches on basic elements in the human experience which do not need a lot of explanation to appreciate as you move along in a very American... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Hecht
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD SCHOOL MOVIE
If you like retro classic B Movies, this is a must see. It has a few popular actors who were on there way up or down the spectrum in popularity.
Published 5 months ago by Ter164
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, poor video quality
Solid, unpretentious action movie. The quality of the video was poor, though - it skipped every few seconds through the entire movie.
Published 7 months ago by Lauren Bopp
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely pleased!
Always loved the movie and the quality of the dvd and the ordering/shipping process only made the whole experience that much better
Published 8 months ago by michael kraft
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