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Summer Film Festival: The Defiant Ones

As part of its Summer Film Festival, Ropetackle Cinema is proud to present four films that demonstrate very different aspects of diversity and inclusivity.

Equally intensely dynamic, Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis turn in brilliant
performances in a film that repudiates racial prejudice.

One night in the American South, a truck loaded with convicts in the back swerves to avoid another truck and crashes through a barrier. The rescuers clearing up the debris discover that two convicts have escaped, a black man shackled by the wrist to a white man because ‘the warden had a sense of humour.

The two men, Noah Cullen (Poitier) and John ‘Joker’ Jackson (Curtis), hate each other but they are forced to cooperate if they are to succeed in their plan to go North and jump a train and so reach freedom. At first their cooperation is motivated by self-preservation but gradually, as they flee through difficult terrain, weather and life threatening situations, all the while pursued by Sheriff Max Muller and his posse, they begin to respect and like each other.

This film won two Oscars and was nominated for seven others including Best Picture and Best Actor for both Curtis and Poitier. Directed by Stanley Kramer.

1958 / USA / adventure drama / Cert. U / 96 mins

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Wednesday 20th July 2022 - Starts 7.30pm


TICKET PRICE: £7


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