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USA: Paramount Vantage
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Jodhi May, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein, Sam Spruell, Iddo Goldberg, Mia Wasikowska, George MacKay, Tomas Arana, Kate Fahy, Iben Hjejle, Martin Hancock, Ravil Isyanov, Jacek Koman, Jonjo O'Neill, Mark Margolis, Markus von Lingen, Rolandas Boravskis, Aurelija Prashuntaite, Vidas Petkevicius, Rimante Valiukaite, Leonardas Pobedonosceva, Remigijus Bilinskas, Rimgaudas Karvelis, Leonas Ciunis, Janina Matiekonyte, Clayton Frohman, Sakalas Uzdavinys, Saulius Janaviciu, Leonid Kotik,Dalia Micheleviciute, Diana Aneviciute-Valiusaitiene, Sigitas Rackys
Director: Edward Zwick
USA & UK: 137 mins
USA Rated: R for violence and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and violence
USA Release Date: 16 January 2009
USA Release Date: 2 January 2009 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 9 January 2009
DEFIANCE is based on an incredible true story of family, honour, vengeance and salvation in World War II. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others - men and women, young and old - willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment's freedom. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.
Eldest of the Bielski brothers, Tuvia (Daniel Craig) is a reluctant leader whose decisions are challenged by Zus (Liev Schreiber), who worries that Tuvia's idealistic plans will threaten them all. Asael (Jamie Bell) is the youngest, caught between his brother's fierce rivalries. As Nazi forces advance on the partisans, the brothers' primitive struggle to survive becomes something far more consequential - a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
The first action blockbuster of 2009, DEFIANCE stars Daniel Craig (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, THE GOLDEN COMPASS), Liev Schreiber (THE MANUCHURIAN CANDIDATE) and Jamie Bell (JUMPER, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS) and are joined by director and co-writer Edward Zwick (BLOOD DIAMOND, THE LAST SAMURAI). It also features an outstanding supporting cast that includes, Alexa Davalos, Jodhi May, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein, Sam Spurell, Iddo Goldberg and newcomers Mia Wasikowska and George MacKay.