Defiance


2h 17m 2008

Brief Synopsis

The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. At first it is all they can do

Film Details

Also Known As
Desafío
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Bedford Falls Company; Dda Public Relations; Essential Entertainment; Film Finances, Inc.; Grosvenor Park; Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P.; Loeb & Loeb, LLP; Reed Smith Llp; Richards Butler
Distribution Company
INCENDO MEDIA/PARAMOUNT VANTAGE; Paramount Vantage; 20th Century Fox International; Acme Film; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Aurum Producciones; Blitz-Cine Star; Bontonfilm; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Golden Scene; Gulf Film, Llc; Imagem Filmes; Kinepolis Film Distribution; M Pictures Entertainment; Medusa Film; Metropolitan Filmexport; Momentum Pictures Limited; Monolith Films Sp. Z O.O.; Paramount Home Media; Paramount Vantage; RCV Distribution; Sam Film; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Tatra Film; Toho-Towa Company; United International Pictures; Village Roadshow Greece; Village Roadshow Limited; ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)
Location
Lithuania

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 17m

Synopsis

The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding 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. Tuvia is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus, who worries that Tuvia's idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael is the youngest - caught between his brothers' fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.

Crew

Feliksas Abrukauskas

Assistant Camera

Stanislav Adamickij

Stunt Performer

Anatolij Afanasjev

Props

Laura Akstinaite

Production Assistant

Robert Alazraki

Other

Robert Alazraki

Dp/Cinematographer

Robert Alazraki

Director Of Photography

Angele Aleksiene

Other

Allan Van O.t. Andersen

Script Supervisor

Bruce M Armstrong

Special Effects Technician

Aleksandr Aronchik

Casting Assistant

Jurgis Asvydis

On-Set Dresser

Michel Atanassian

Gaffer

Jacques Aucomte

Props Buyer

Viktor Augulevic

Driver

Rita Auksciuniene

Makeup Artist

Grisa Avizen

Grip

Pavel Avizen

Grip

Kevin Badgery

Production Accountant

Smilte Bagdziune

Set Production Assistant

Raimondas Bajelis

Driver

Artur Balabkin

Stunt Performer

Martynas Balcaitis

Grip

Emereta Balciunaite

Production Assistant

Rasa Balciunaite

Accountant

Karen Ballard

Photography

Andrius Balrusiunas

Assistant Camera

Povilas Baltinas

Loader

Aldona Baranauskiene

Costumes

Julius Baratinskis

Costumes

Sam Barnes

Assistant Camera

Mick Barnet

Driver

Jacob Barrie

Assistant Camera

Stanislovas Bartkevicius

Coordinator

Viktorija Baublyte

Costumes

Jenny Beavan

Costume Designer

Klemens Becker

Camera Operator

Joshua Bell

Music

Ahmed Benbarka

Painter

Lon Bender

Sound Recordist

Ksenija Bessonova

Dresser

Ksenija Bessonova

Interpreter

Stephen Bettles

Prosthetic Makeup

Yann Biquand

Art Director

Yann Biquand

Production Designer

Toby Birney

Camera Operator

Marius Blazys

Boom Operator

Vaida Blazyte

Set Production Assistant

Saule Blistrabiene

Coordinator

Viktorija Bobko

Driver

Liudmila Bobojarova

Accountant

Aleksej Boiko

Interpreter

Aleksej Boiko

Coordinator

William Booker

Assistant Director

William Boyes

Props

Jeremy Braben

Camera

Anderson Chet Bradshaw

Stunt Performer

Barbara Brady

Costumes

Edvinas Brasas

Stunt Performer

Andrius Brazas

Assistant Director

Agne Braziene

Assistant Director

Egidijus Braziunas

Gaffer

Vladas Brodovskis

Driver

Osvaldas Brucas

Greensman

Pieter Jan Brugge

Unit Production Manager

Pieter Jan Brugge

Producer

Alisa Moore Buckley

Unit Publicist

Julian Bucknall

Assistant Camera

Skaiste Budbergyte- Zabielaite

Assistant

Audrius Budrys

Camera Trainee

Arunas Buivydavicius

On-Set Dresser

Arturas Bujokas

Props

James Burgess

Assistant Camera

Alex Carey

Wardrobe

Zivile Ceskeviciute

Tailor

Juozas Cibulskas

Driver

Jonas Cicenas

Driver

Gintautas Ciupala

Special Effects Technician

Daiva Civaite

Tailor

Jerome Clavier

Painter

Lisa Clifford-owen

Assistant Editor

Neil Corbould

Special Effects Coordinator

Neil Corbould

Special Effects Supervisor

Evaldas Dabasinskas

Swing Gang

Romualdas Darginavicius

Location Assistant

Eugenijus Darvidas

Driver

Lina Dauksaite

Costumes

Gregoire Daure

Property Master

Robert Dibble

Assistant Camera

Raimondas Dicius

Props

Linas Dikcius

Assistant Camera

Ben Dixon

Assistant Director

Dalia Doviltyte

Production Secretary

Zuzana Drdacka

Stunt Performer

Virginijus Dubauskas

Special Effects Technician

Ravi Dube

Transportation Coordinator

Oleg Dubovskij

Stunt Performer

Jurij Dubrovin

Driver

Simonas Duda

Props

Mike Durkan

Special Effects Technician

Kamilis Dzikevicius

Greensman

Mikey Eberle

Assistant Director

Rus Ekkel

Tutor

Charles England

Assistant Camera

Tomas Ereminas

Stunt Double

Tomas Ereminas

Stunt Coordinator

Aurelijus Eriksonas

Grip

Jana Evans

Art Department Coordinator

Mark Ferguson

Costume Supervisor

Diana Filpovic

Driver

Carl Fischer

Boom Operator

Vaclav Franek

Caterer

Clay Frohman

Screenplay

Clay Frohman

Coproducer

Daran Fulham

Art Director

Roma Gailiuviene

Location Manager

Julius Gaizauskas

Set Production Assistant

Piotr Gakut

Driver

Vilma Garliauskiene

Makeup Artist

Ingo Gartner

Lighting Technician

Ernestas Gaudutis

Art Director

Jaroslav Gavrin

Assistant Camera

Jaroslav Gedroic

Generator Operator

Jaroslav Gedroic

Electrician

Gilles Geraud

Props

Gilles Geraud

Assistant Set Decorator

Gilles Geraud

Props Buyer

Gediminas Gerulis

Dresser

Dainius Giedraitis

Driver

Jennie Goldstein

Song

Jurij Gorbachov

Driver

Thomas Gottschalk

Assistant Camera

Martin Grange

Coordinator

Steve Griffin

Stunt Coordinator

Artiom Grigorian

Special Effects Technician

Paulius Grinbergas

Location Assistant

Tomas Gudenas

Stunt Performer

Vytas Gudlevicius

Key Grip

Lech Gunovic

Key Grip

Leonid Gunovic

Generator Operator

Leonid Gunovic

Electrician

Tristan Haley

Assistant Camera

Peter Haran

Special Effects Technician

Chris Harker

Grip

Stuart Heath

Special Effects Technician

Marshall Herskovitz

Executive Producer

Veronika Hladikova

Assistant

Petur Hliddal

Sound Mixer

Shira Hockman

Art Director

Jan Horacek

Caterer

James Newton Howard

Music Composer

James Newton Howard

Song Performer

Helen Ingham

Set Costumer

Tomas Iskovas

Transportation Coordinator

Tomas Iskovas

Driver

Ravil Isyanov

Song Performer

Aleksandr Ivanov

Stunt Performer

Sergej Ivanov

Stunt Performer

Regimantas Ivickas

Stunt Performer

J Jaffee

Song

Saulius Janavicius

Stunt Performer

Ainis Jankauskas

Art Director

Jolanta Jankauskiene

Costumes

Jolanta Jankauskiene

Costumer

Agne Januskyte

Assistant Director

Darius Jarasunas

Unit Manager

Tatjana Jasina

Tailor

Zaneta Jasiuniene

Makeup Artist

Nick Jeffries

Props

Rolandas Joneliukstis

Assistant Camera

Dylan Jones

Video Assist/Playback

Gary Jones

Production Accountant

Antanas Jucys

Loader

Mindaugas Juodagalvis

Props

Ieva Jurgaityte

Office Assistant

Rimas Jurgelevicius

Best Boy

Sandra Juskaite

Costumes

Aiste Kabbara

Production Secretary

Vit Kalivoda

Caterer

Gintare Kancauskaite

Assistant

Jakub Kapras

Caterer

Irena Karpickaja

Location Scout

Irena Karpickaja

Assistant Location Manager

Arunas Karpus

Transportation Coordinator

Tomas Katinas

Props

Alisa Katz

Associate Producer

Irmantas Kavoliunas

Transportation Coordinator

Antanas Kazakevicius

Driver

Victoria Kent

Other

Aivaras Kilkus

Dolly Grip

Jelena Kirejeva

Dialogue Coach

Jelena Kirejeva

Dialogue Coach

Jevgenij Kirilov

Stunt Performer

Paulius Kirstukas

Driver

Jindrich Klaus

Stunt Performer

Modesta Klimaviciute

Greensman

Daiva Kliukaite

Makeup Artist

Arturas Kmitas

Props

Marek Korvin-petrovskij

Best Boy Grip

Lena Kotik

Stunt Performer

Film Details

Also Known As
Desafío
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Bedford Falls Company; Dda Public Relations; Essential Entertainment; Film Finances, Inc.; Grosvenor Park; Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P.; Loeb & Loeb, LLP; Reed Smith Llp; Richards Butler
Distribution Company
INCENDO MEDIA/PARAMOUNT VANTAGE; Paramount Vantage; 20th Century Fox International; Acme Film; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Aurum Producciones; Blitz-Cine Star; Bontonfilm; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Golden Scene; Gulf Film, Llc; Imagem Filmes; Kinepolis Film Distribution; M Pictures Entertainment; Medusa Film; Metropolitan Filmexport; Momentum Pictures Limited; Monolith Films Sp. Z O.O.; Paramount Home Media; Paramount Vantage; RCV Distribution; Sam Film; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Tatra Film; Toho-Towa Company; United International Pictures; Village Roadshow Greece; Village Roadshow Limited; ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)
Location
Lithuania

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 17m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 31, 2008

Released in United States on Video June 2, 2009

Released in United States 2008

Based on the book "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans" by Nechama Tec and published by Oxford in 1993.

Limited Release in United States December 31, 2008 (NY, LA)

Released in United States Winter December 31, 2008

Released in United States on Video June 2, 2009

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Galas) October 30-November 9, 2008.)

Limited Release in United States December 31, 2008