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Defiance


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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ULEEIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,608 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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Its one of my favorites.
Grandpa55
Saw this when it came out, and glad to finally have a copy for the collection.
Nightwatch
Very clear, and you can hear what they are saying.
Larry W. Johnson

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alex Rosas on March 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Cousin on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Liverman on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WolfCounselor on 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 By Cube on March 1, 2012
Format: VHS Tape
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 By Lon C. Burrell on October 21, 2011
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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 By John D. Mayberry on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zeke on June 7, 2012
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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 think...you 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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