The Defiant Ones
Directed by Stanley Kramer. Starring Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier. (1958, NR, 97 min.)
REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Mon., Aug. 5, 2002
Nearly a decade before the supper-table racial detente of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Kramer mined the subject matter of racial divisiveness in the groundbreaking The Defiant Ones, which paired Curtis and Poitier as hunky prison escapees unhappily bonded to each other by means of metal chains and the mutual need to survive.