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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

24 of 27 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 22 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 Scarlett O'Hara on 8 Jun 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'll keep this review short and sweet (ish) -

I found the film excellent, and the story on which it is based (a true story) is genuinely moving. Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber in particular, give strong portrayals of the elder Bielski brothers, revealing a combination of courage, moral purpose and vulnerability, which seems fitting to their situation in the forest, being perennially hunted. he supporting cast are good, and the writing is fit for purpose.

I'm knocking one star off becasue this DVD is one of those that not only forces you to watch several trailers first (without being able to leap straight to the options Menu for the film itself), but it also forces you to watch an ad. If I want that, I'll happily go to the cinema, but please, don't force trailers on us in the comfort of our homes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By greer1 on 27 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
This was a little gem of a film, great story line and kept the viewer interested from start to finish, its a true story about the Jews, Germans and Russians, dont want to say to much about it , and give anything away, but, if your into true stories you will really enjoy this one, well worth the money and a good nights viewing, I enjoyed it very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agent Cooper on 14 April 2010
Format: DVD
Definately not what I expected.................which was a action packed shoot em up war film. An amazing true story, great acting, very believable and well made. Best WW2 film Ive seen for ages.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2009
Format: Blu-ray
`Defiance' is a film set in the second world war and follows Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell as three Jewish brothers who hide in the woods and shelter an ever growing group of Jewish compatriots from German persecution. This film has plenty of fight scenes for those who enjoy a typical war film, as well as more emotional scenes of romance, loss and betrayal to round off the film more fully. This has a good storyline and it has even more impact when you realise that it is based upon real events. I felt the film occasionally dragged in the middle part but not excessively so and any slow sections were quickly forgotten when the action got going again. This film really shows the struggle this group went through and you are left in awe at their tenacity and will to survive. From starvation, typhoid and the constant threat of discovery they had so many adversities it really makes you think about the hardships these people must have endured. This is directed by Edward Zwick who is renowned for his gritty and realistic style and this film is no exception. Overall this has excellent performances from all involved and manages to keep your attention for the duration. It has human interest, excitement and real emotion and is worth checking out at some point.

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