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Defiance (2008)

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Action, Drama, History |

Defiance is a American war film directed by Edward Zwick set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The screenplay by Clayton Frohman and Zwick was based on Nechama Tec’s 1993 book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, an account of the Bielski partisans, a group led by Polish Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during the Second World War. The film stars Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski, Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski, Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski, and George MacKay as Aron Bielski.

Production began in early September 2007. After a limited release, e.g. Los Angeles, New York City, in the United States on December 31, 2008, it went into general release worldwide in January and February 2009.

The film is based on events which began in August 1941. Nazi Einsatzgruppen (task forces) are sweeping through Eastern Europe, systematically killing Jews. Among the survivors not killed or restricted to ghettoes are the Belarusian Jewish Bielski brothers: Tuvia, Zus, Asael and Aron. Their parents are dead, killed by local police under orders from the German occupiers. The brothers flee to the Naliboki Forest, vowing to avenge the deaths of their parents.

The brothers encounter other Jewish escapees hiding in the forest and take them under their protection and leadership. Tuvia kills the local Schutzmannschaft chief responsible for his parents’ deaths. Over the next year, they shelter a growing number of refugees, raiding local farms for food and supplies and moving their camp whenever they are discovered by the collaborationist police.

Director: Edward Zwick

Writers: Clayton Frohman (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay), Nechama Tec (book)

Stars: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein, Tomas Arana

Cast:

Daniel CraigTuvia Bielski
Liev SchreiberZus Bielski
Jamie BellAsael Bielski
Alexa DavalosLilka Ticktin
Allan CordunerShimon Haretz
Mark FeuersteinIsaac Malbin
Tomas AranaBen Zion Gulkowitz
Jodhi MayTamara Skidelsky
Kate FahyRiva Reich
Iddo GoldbergYitzhak Shulman
Iben HjejleBella
Martin HancockPeretz Shorshaty
Ravil IsyanovViktor Panchenko
Jacek KomanKonstanty ‘Koscik’ Kozlowski
George MacKayAron Bielski
Jonjo O’NeillLazar
Sam SpruellArkady Lubczanski
Mia WasikowskaChaya Dziencielsky
Mark MargolisJewish Elder
Markus von LingenGerman SS Scout
Rolandas BoravskisGramov
Algirdas DainaviciusMotl Lubczanski
Aurelija PrashuntaiteRachel (as Aurelija Prasmuntaite)
Vidas PetkeviciusAvram Rubinski
Ina FrismanaiteAvram’s Daughter
Ana GoldbergLila
Rimante ValiukaiteMiriam
Leonardas PobedonoscevasJacov
Kristina BertasiuteDark Haired Beauty
Kristina SkokovaRed Haired Woman
Remigijus BilinskasPinchas Zuckerman
Rimgaudas KarvelisOppenheim
Janina MatekonyteWell-Dressed Woman
Leonas CiunisAccountant
Aleksandr ZilaChaya’s Father
Iveta NadzeikieneChaya’s Mother
Clayton FrohmanIsadore Skidelsky
Marc LevyYechael Efrati
Zoe RosenblumSarah Oppenheim
Sakalas UzdavinysLova Volkin
Saulius JanaviciusIsrael Kotler
Leonid KotikKrensky (as Leonidas Kotikas)
Dalia SmalskieneRosa
Tadas KavaliauskasLevine
Matas CancingerisLittle Boy
Diana AneviciuteKoscik’s Wife
Sigitas RackysBelarussian Police Captain
Vaidas KublinskasPolice Captain’s Son #1
Valentin NovopolskijPolice Captain’s Son #2
Dalia MicheleviciutePolice Captain’s Wife
Ervinas PeteraitisKissely the Milkman
Dmitrijus DenisiukasPoliceman
Antanas SurnaOrthodox Rabbi
Dalius MertinasBelarussian Police Officer #1
Vaidotas MartinaitisBelarussian Police Officer #2
Aldona BendoriuteJewish Mother Separated From Child #1
Darius GumauskasJewish Father Being Beaten #1
Irmantas BacelisJewish Father Being Beaten #2
Edita UzaiteJewish Mother Separated From Child #2
Jordan BielskyVillager Getting Shot
Gediminas GirdvainisScreaming Man
Stanislav AdamickijGerman Captain
Klemens BeckerSS Captain
Jonas TamulevigiusGerman Courier (as Jonas Tamulevicius)
Jaroslav PsenickaGerman Officer in Car
Jolanta DapkunaiteWoman in Car
Miroslav LhotkaGerman Officer
Giacomo StrasserGerman Private
Mac SteinmeierGerman Sergeant
Dmitri Zisl SlepovitchMusician (as Dmitrti Slepovitch)
Arkadij GotesmanMusician
Borisas KirzenerisMusician
Raimondas SviackeviciusMusician
Adolf HitlerSelf (archive footage)
Zitto Kazann

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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