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Three Jewish brothers (Craig, Schreiber and Bell) escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

Starring:
George MacKay, Daniel Craig
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring George MacKay, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell
Director Edward Zwick
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 May 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring George MacKay, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell
Director Edward Zwick
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 May 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peter K on 19 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Again we learn the lesson here that the human spirit can never be crushed. Filmed in Lithuania very near to the original locations of events which have remained under wraps for years.

The cast list, apart from the obvious leads, reads like the Lithuanian telephone directory. This film has the smack of authenticity about it which is so often lacking in other films of this type. Maybe this was achieved by its slight understatement.
In the Bluray version one could see every pine needle, every stubbled face and every speck of dirt in the sharpest detail.

A gritty, earthy and squalid tale of the will to survive of a group of Jews in Byelorus who refused to be expunged from the face of the earth by the Nazis and their collaborators.
Daniel Craig effectively puts across the doubts which racked the leader who had the awesome responsibility of saving large numbers of Jews form extinction by organising their survival in the depths of the forest and the problems associated with managing a large group of people with minds of their own.

Particularly moving, maybe even more so than the actual film, is the documentary attached, featuring the descendants of the Bielski brotherss who led the group. They piece together the amazing modesty
and understatement of their grandparents who after the war settled in the US and made new lives for themselves. The section where these descendants visit the set as the film is being made and relive past events is particularly poignant.

If one should ever begin to find tiresome the way that Jews keep going on about the war then watch this and vow that it should never happen again.
Brilliant performance by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and the rest of the cast.
Moving, Inspiring, Brilliant. Buy it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. WILLIAMS on 10 Nov 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is the true-story of the Bielski Brothers, Tuvia (Daniel Craig) Zus(Liev Schreiber) and Asael(Jamie Bell) who initiated the movement of at first a few but later over a thousand Jewish people who were going to be immediately killed and robbed by the local Police and Germans or cleared by Nazis of their Jewish populations from their villages and sent to Concentration Camps.
The brothers led by Tuvia decided to fight back, to make a stand and although Tuvia and Zus fell out for some little time they did get back together to fight against the common enemy, the Nazis.They all lived in primitive, extremely harsh conditions and it is a credit to their faith and willpower that so many made it through the 3 or more years they had to stay where they were,starting off in the Lipiczanska Forest in Summer of 1941 then moving onto the Nalibocka Forest Camp for the Winter of '41 with little food or proper Winter clothing to wear.
Allan Coruner and Mark Feurstein play Shimon Haretz and Isaac Malbi respectively who tease and torment each other throughout the film so add light moments, Alexa Davalos plays one of the love interest and Jodhi May plays Tamara Skidelsky who finds herself pregnant which is AGAINST the orders of Tuvia. What will she do? What will HE DO/ SAY?
Edward Zwick is the Director who has somehow been DENIED an Oscar by Hollywood in spite of Directing :- Glory, which I personally think is one of the best Western Movies Ever Made or whatever specialist Genre anyone wants to put it into. Starring D.Washington M.Freeman M.Broderick
Shakespeare in Love, Traffic, Blood Diamond, Legends of the Fall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Barton on 4 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
I rented this prior to buying it after good words from my local video rental store. I had a couple of weeks of watching solid films and went through Che, Valkyrie and some others.

I didnt buy any of the others after renting them apart from this. Theres something about the story for me that keeps me interested throughout the film. It's not like im that interested in the War but the characters in the film all kept me engaged till the end.

I haven't been though the extras because i never do, im not interested in how they made the film at all so don't bother commenting about that.

Defiance is one of those films that was over shadowed by others but i enjoyed it more and found it very gripping and a lot of other reviews have mentioned "not another happy ending film". I dont think i would watch a film where everyone died at the end and plus this is a true story, which you can't really change.

I don't care if you buy this but i like.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clive Manning on 29 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Watched this at the weekend - knowing nothing about the movie - and I am bewildered by some of the comments from some of the other reviewers. This is a 'slow-burner' of a movie. No histrionics, no massive Hollywood 'set-scenes' and an understated yet thoughtful music score by James Newton Howard (with haunting violin of Joshua Bell). I don't know what DVD others were watching but we were totally enaged by the movie 'Defiance.' Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber were both excellent. It was both an inspiring and moving movie. What planet are some of the other reviewers from?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blonde on 12 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is exactly what you expect from this type of movie and that is its problem. Nearly every line is a heroic speech, no one has conversations just monologues which can get very exhausting. Everything is always over dramatic when what the film needs is a few more quiet bits. It's very cliche to the point the hero rides on a white horse. A brown or black horse would have been fine but the white horse is too much. It has the scene where the bomb goes off near the hero and we have the ringing sound as he sees all the carnage happen in slow motion. There is a wedding, a childbirth, scholars arguing, a bad guy within the group, someone takes a group photo which you instantly know the real life photo will appear at the credits, brothers falling out over different views and worst of all countless shots of people staring into the distance in a heroic pose perfect for posters and adverts. However, it really looks great and the costumes, locations, lenses, framing, lighting ect all look absolutely excellent and really suit the movie. Some parts of the score are really great where others pile on the melodrama a little too much. The problem with this movie is that it is so clearly a mainstream Hollywood MOVIE. It is trying so hard to give the audience exactly what they expect and never challenges them or has any strong opinions of its own. That doesn't mean it's bad but it will never be in any top ten War films because it's too afraid to take a fresh or new approach or do anything that might be considered even slightly controversial.
There is also a weird thing where sometimes a characters will speak English then sometimes speak a different language in English subtitles for no reason. Make your mind up: either they always speak English or they are always subtitled, going backwards and forwards between the two for no reason is both ridiculous and distracting.
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