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Defiance (DVD)

Defiance is a 2008 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.


In August 1941, Nazi Germany s Einsatzgruppen are sweeping through Eastern Europe systematically killing European Jews. Among the survivors not killed or restricted to ghettoes are the Jewish Bielski brothers: Tuvia, Zus, Asael and Aron. Their parents are dead, killed by local Schutzmannschaft 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 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. The Bielski brothers stage raids on the Germans and their collaborators. Casualties cause Tuvia to reconsider this approach because of the risk to the hiding Jews. Rivalry between the two eldest brothers, Tuvia and Zus, fuels a disagreement between them about their future; as winter approaches, Zus decides to leave the camp and join a local company of Soviet partisans, while his older brother Tuvia remains with the camp as their leader. An arrangement is made between the two groups in which the Soviet partisans agree to protect the Jewish camp in exchange for supplies.

After a winter of sickness, starvation, attempted mutiny and constant hiding, the camp learns that the Germans are about to attack them in force. The Soviets refuse to help and they evacuate the camp as Luftwaffe Stukas bomb them. A delaying force stays behind, led by Asael, to slow down the German infantry. The defense does not last long; only Asael and a camp member named Sofiya survive to rejoin the rest of the group, who, at the edge of the forest, are confronted with a seemingly impassable marsh. They cross the marsh with only one casualty but are immediately attacked by a German platoon supported by a Panzer III tank. Just as all seems lost, the Germans are assaulted from the rear by a partisan force led by Zus, who has deserted the Soviets to rejoin the group.

In the epilogue, it is revealed that the survivors lived in the forest for another two years, building a hospital, a nursery, a school, growing to a total of 1,200 Jews. Original photographs of the participants are shown, including Tuvia in his uniform and their fates are described: Asael was conscripted into the Red Army and was killed in action, never getting to see the child he fathered; Tuvia, Zus and Aron survived the war and emigrated to the United States to form a trucking firm in New York City. The epilogue also states that the Bielski brothers never sought recognition for what they did and that the descendants of the people they saved now number in the tens of thousands.


  • Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski
  • Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski
  • Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski
  • George MacKay as Aron Bielski
  • Alexa Davalos as Lilka Ticktin, a Polish refugee and Tuvia s love interest
  • Allan Corduner as Shimon Haretz, the brothers old schoolteacher
  • Mark Feuerstein as Isaac Malbin, an intellectual
  • Tomas Arana as Ben Zion Gulkowitz, a resistance leader
  • Jacek Koman as Konstanty Kościk Kozłowski
  • Mia Wasikowska as Chaya Dziencielsky, Asael s love interest
  • Iben Hjejle as Bella, Zus s love interest
  • Jodhi May as Tamara Skidelski, a cousin of the Bielskis who had been raped by a Nazi soldier
  • Kate Fahy as Riva Reich
  • Iddo Goldberg as Yitzhak Shulman
  • Sam Spruell as Arkady Lubczanski
  • Ravil Isyanov as Viktor Panchenko, Soviet partisan commander, roughly based on the real life partisan figure, Nikolai Mayakov
  • Rolandas Boravskis as Gramov, the second-in-command of the Soviet partisans
  • Kristina Skokova as Red Haired Woman


Zwick began writing a script for Defiance in 1999 after he acquired film rights to Tec s book. Zwick developed the project under his production company, the Bedford Falls Company, and the project was financed by the London-based company Grosvenor Park Productions with a budget of $32 million.

In May 2007 actor Daniel Craig was cast in the lead role. Paramount Vantage acquired the rights to distribute Defiance in the United States and Canada. The following August, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, and Tomas Arana were cast. Production began in early September 2007 so Craig could complete filming Defiance before moving on to reprising his role as James Bond in Quantum of Solace.

Defiance was filmed in three months in Lithuania, just across the border from Belarus. Co-producer Pieter Jan Brugge felt the shooting locations, between 150 and 200 kilometres from the actual sites, lent authenticity; some local extras were descended from families the group had rescued.


Critical response

Defiance received mixed reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 58% of critics gave the film a positive review based upon a sample of 186, with an average score of 5.91/10. The site s consensus states: Professionally made but artistically uninspired, Ed Zwick s story of Jews surviving WWII in the Belarus forest lacks the emotional punch of the actual history. At Metacritic the film has received an average score of 58/100 based on 34 reviews.

Critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times called the film stiff, musclebound . He said Zwick wields his camera with a heavy hand, punctuating nearly every scene with emphatic nods, smiles or grimaces as the occasion requires. His pen is, if anything, blunter still, with dialogue that crashes down on the big themes like a blacksmith s hammer . Scott also said the film unfairly implied that if only more of the Jews living in Nazi-occupied Europe had been as tough as the Bielskis, more would have survived . The review adds that in setting out to overturn historical stereotypes of Jewish passivity ...(the film) ends up affirming them. Zwick responded: it is a tribute to honor and luck, and to help other people escape it is an honor. But the fact that you don t escape it is not a negative verdict on your honor.

The New Yorker critic David Denby praised the film, saying: it makes instant emotional demands, and those who respond to it, as I did, are likely to go all the way and even come out of it feeling slightly stunned. Denby praised its performances, which he described as a kind of realistic fairy tale set in a forest newly enchanted by the sanctified work of staying alive.

A review by Armchair General magazine cited the book Women in the Holocaust by Dalia Ofer and Lenore Weitzman, to argue that in reality the Bielskis were less egalitarian than the film suggests, and that the fighters had the first pick among women for sexual partners.

Zwick responded to the criticism by saying that Defiance is not a simple fight between good and evil. He told The Times: The Bielskis weren t saints. They were flawed heroes, which is what makes them so real and so fascinating. They faced any number of difficult moral dilemmas that the movie seeks to dramatise: Does one have to become a monster to fight monsters? Does one have to sacrifice his humanity to save humanity?

Nechama Tec, on whose book the film is based, stated in an interview with Rzeczpospolita that she was initially shocked by the film, especially by the intense battle scenes including combat with a German tank. These never occurred in reality; the partisans tried to avoid combat and were focused on survival. She explained this as a concession by the producer in order to make the film more thrilling and obtain the necessary funding from Hollywood. Nevertheless, after seeing the film a number of times, Tec said that she is liking it more and more . Zwick said Adolf Hitler sent two German divisions into the forest to search for the partisans, but they were unable to locate them.


The Times and The Guardian reported that Poles fear Hollywood has airbrushed out some unpleasant episodes from the story , such as the Bielski partisans alleged affiliation with those Soviet partisans directed by the NKVD, who committed atrocities against Poles in eastern Poland, including the region where Bielski s unit operated. Gazeta Wyborcza reported six months before the film s release that News about a movie glorifying have caused an uproar among Polish historians , who referred to the Bielskis as Jewish-Communist bandits . The newspaper commented that it departed from the truth on several occasions , including depicting pre-war Nowogrodek as a Belarusian town where no one speaks Polish , there are only good Soviet partisans and bad Germans , and Polish partisans are missing from the film altogether .

The wave of criticism against the film has led to charges that the criticism was fueled by anti-semitism. According to The Guardian a storm of protest erupted in Poland, that the movie was booed at some cinemas and banned from others due to a local perception that it is a rewriting of history and anti-Polish . On March 11, 2009, the Polish Embassy in London disputed the report, stating: This embassy has been in touch with Defiance s only distributor in Poland, Monolith Plus, and we have been told that this film has not experienced any form of booing, let alone been banned by any cinemas.


Most reviewers from Belarus criticised the film for a complete absence of the Belarusian language and for the Soviet partisans singing a Belarusian folk song while they would more likely be singing Russian songs. The word Belarusian is spoken out only three times in the movie , the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belorussii wrote. Veterans of the Soviet partisan resistance in Belarus criticised the film for inaccuracies. Some reviews, as in Poland, criticised the film for ignoring the Bielski partisans crimes against the local population. The mention of ampicillin is an anachronism. In one scene it is stated that there may be an epidemic of typhus, and that ampicillin (which was not discovered until 1958) is needed.

Box office

Defiance made $128,000 during its two weeks of limited release in New York City and Los Angeles. It made $10 million during its first weekend of wide release in the United States, and by the end of its box office run, the film made approximately $52 million worldwide.


On January 22, 2009, the film received a nomination for an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Score for its soundtrack by James Newton Howard. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for 2008.

Home media

Defiance was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 2, 2009. The bonus features included a commentary by director Edward Zwick and four features about the making of the film.



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2h 17min


Nominated for 1 Oscar, 2 wins & 5 nominations total


Edward Zwick


Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick, Nechama Tec


Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell

Produced by

Alex Boden, Pieter Jan Brugge, Clayton Frohman, Marshall Herskovitz, Alisa Katz, Andrew Litvin, Troy Putney, Roland Tec, Gary Tuck, Edward Zwick

Music by

James Newton Howard

Cinematography by

Eduardo Serra

Film Editing by

Steven Rosenblum

Casting By

Gail Stevens, Victoria Thomas

Production Design by

Dan Weil

Art Direction by

Yann Biquand, Daran Fulham

Set Decoration by

Véronique Melery

Costume Design by

Jenny Beavan

Makeup Department

Stephen Bettles, Vilma Garliauskiene, Jennifer Latour, Lizzie Lawson, Kristie Matthiae, Egle Mikalauskaite, Trefor Proud, Vida Vitkute, Felicity Wright, Jasiune Zaneta, J.D. Bowers, Ryan McDowell

Production Management

Pieter Jan Brugge, Darius Jarasunas, Lina Miseikyte, Alfonsas Tryskus, Elena Zokas

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

William Booker, Andrius Brazas, Agne Braziene, Ben Dixon, Mikey Eberle, Mark Layton, Dan Lerner, Carolyn Milner, Viktorija Ogureckaja, Darin Rivetti, Ashley Wilks, Julius Gaizauskas, Alex Kaye-Besley

Art Department

Jurgis Asvydis, Jacques Aucomte, Kseniia Bessonova, Yann Biquand, William Boyes, Osvaldas Brucas, Arunas Buivydavicius, Jana Chovancova, Jérome Clavier, Evaldas Dabasinskas, Gregoire Daure, Raimondas Dicius, Kamilis Dzikevicius, Gilles Geraud, Gediminas Gerulis, Shira Hockman, Ainis Jankauskas, Tomas Katinas, Modesta Klimaviciute, Arturas Kmitas, Renuaras Krivelis, Konstantinas Laurynas, Richard MacMillan, Birute Markelyte, Pavel Minakov, Alan Munro, Milda Norbontaite, Marguerite Ots, Saule Peciulyte, Lionel Pouchard, Justinas Rola, Martynas Rola, Darius Sargautas, Elaine Seidel, Zydre Siciunaite, Benediktas Slukinas, Ceslovas Snezko, Sarune Tautvaisaite, James Lee Thorne, Gabriele Vaiciunaite, Simona Vaitkute, Asta Vildziunaite, Domas Vosylius, Anastasija Zilionyte, Thomas Jones

Sound Department

Christopher Assells, Tim Atkins, Laura Harris Atkinson, Adrian Baumeister, Anna Behlmer, Lon Bender, Marius Blazys, James Bolt, John Cannon, Carl Fischer, Nerses Gezalyan, Peter Gleaves, Michael Hertlein, Petur Hliddal, Larry Hopkins, Randy Kelley, Daniel R. Kerr, Tom Lalley, Tony Lamberti, Diane Marshall, Oleg Mirochnikov, James Moriana, Andy Nelson, Nancy Nugent, Jordan O'Neill, Mark Ormandy, Andrius Paulavicius, Albert Roca, Elvinas Sereikis, Frederick H. Stahly, David Stanke, Peter Staubli, Greg Steele, Jon Title, Brett Voss, Gayle Wesley, Jeffrey Wilhoit, Kerry Dean Williams, Andy Wright, Greg Zimmerman, Blake R. Cornett, Craig Heath

Special Effects by

Bruce Armstrong, Aleksej Boiko, Gintas Ciupala, Malcolm Crash Corbould, Neil Corbould, Virginijus Dubauskas, Michael Durkan, Artiom Grigorian, Peter Haran, Stuart Heath, Jennifer Latour, Eduardas Lisovskis, Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin, Chris Motjuoadi, Ceri Nicholls, Nigel Nixon, Shaun Rutter, Dimitrij Sinelscikov, Peter Skehan, Gintaras Tamulevicius, Anne Marie Walters, Steven Warner, David Watkins, Alistair Williams, Karen Xuereb, Alan Young, Valdemaras Zarinas

Visual Effects by

Jessica Allen, Alfred Berger, Toma Bowen, Anthony Davis, Chris Dawson, Tim Donahue, Syd Dutton, Brian Fire, David Fogg, Collin Fowler, Andrea Goodson, Marky Kang, Pavelas Kovaliovas, Lincoln Kupchak, Peter Kuran, Jonathan Marquiss, John P. Mesa, William Mesa, Don Myers, Marilyn Nave, Jeremy Nelson, Dan Novy, Leon Nowlin, Terry Shigemitsu, Ken Stranahan, Catherine Sudolcan, Alicia Suggs, Bill Taylor, Jon Terada, Andrew Tucker, Emily Wallin, Jacqueline Zietlow, Cloe Zimmerman, George Antonopoulos, Patrick Clancey, Melissa DeLong, Mark Freund, Anthony Greco, Miles Lauridsen, Thomas Mathai, Dan Smith


Artur Balabkin, Andy Bradshaw, Edvinas Brasas, Zuzana Drdacka, Oleg Dubovskij, Tomas Ereminas, Steve Griffin, Tomas Gudenas, Aleksandr Ivanov, Sergej Ivanov, Regimantas Ivickas, Jevgenij Kirilov, Jindrich Klaus, Lena Kotik, Diana Kukenic, David Listvan, Sergej Mogis, Giedrius Nagys, Ieva Povilionyte, Mantas Puodziunas, Andrej Riabokon, Slava Samuchov, Vytas Seskalinskas, Leo Stransky, Aleksandr Valner, Karen Xuereb, Stanislav Adamickij, Tomas Ereminas, Saulius Janavicius, Leonid Kotik, Miroslav Lhotka, Slava Samuchov, Mac Steinmeier, Jonas Tamulevigius, Jürgen Thiel

Camera and Electrical Department

Michel Atanassian, Grisa Aziven, Pavel Aziven, Martynas Balcaitis, Karen Ballard, Povilas Baltinas, Klemens Becker, Berto, Egidijus Braziunas, Audrius Budrys, James Burgess, Robert Dibble, Linas Dikcius, Charlie England, Aureljus Eriksonas, Ingo Gardner, Jaroslav Gavrin, Jaroslav Gedroic, Vytas Gudlevicius, Lech Gunovic, Leonid Gunovic, Tristan Haley, Chris Harker, Dylan Jones, Antanas Jucys, Rimas Jurgelevicius, Aivaras Kilkus, Marik Korvin-Petrovskij, Vidmantas Kralikauskas, Binish Kuruvilla, Vitalij Kutko, Rimas Markauskas, Pierre Mazard, Guy Micheletti, Giedrius Miniotas, Hartmut Nakelsky, Narvydas Naujalis, Marc Nove, Vladimir Polamarciuk, Mike Proudfoot, Linas Ramanauskas, Bo B. Randulff, Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond, Viaceslav Rogaciov, Sam Sale, Julius Siciunas, Tony Turner, Martin Usher, Tomas Vilys, Gareth Viner, Audrius Zelenius, Algirdas Zitkevicius, Feliksas Abrukauskas, Toby Birney, Jeremy Braben, Thomas Gottschalk, Rolandas Joneliukstis, Bo B. Randulff, Rokas Rudzionis, Julius Siciunas, Ole Thomas, Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen

Casting Department

Kelly Valentine Hendry, Tony Luckwill, Yesi Ramirez, Tom Reed, Dalia Survilaite, Vita Survilaite, Arturas Zukauskas

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Aldona Baranauskiene, Julius Baratinskis, Viktorija Baublyte, Barbara Brady, Alex Carey, Zivile Ceskeviciute, Daiva Civaite, Mark Ferguson, Helen Ingham, Jolanta Jankauskiene, Tatjana Jasina, Sandra Juskaite, Vida Kuklyte, Charlotte Law, Justina Lazdauskaite, Aldona Levandaviciené, Sandra Lunskaite, Dovile Markeviciute, Gintaute Marozaite, Stephen Miles, Dangeruta Noseliene, David Otzen, Renata Petuchovaite, Ninel Ponikariuk, Daiva Ramoniene, Lora E. Revitt, Danute Riautiene, Juzefa Salatinskaja, Ramune Salkauskiene, Janina Sostak, Vykinte Stundyte, Ruta Tamuleviciene, Rasa Taujanskiene, Renata Vasilenka, Antanina Zadorackiene, Laura Zaliauskaite, Marina Zanevskaja

Editorial Department

Grant Bennett, Lisa Clifford-Owen, Russell Coppleman, Beth Dewey, Roland Eisinger, Joe Finley, Ken Gales, Scott Jacobs, Natasha Leonnet, Supriya Naidu-James, Egidijus Pachomovas, Martha Pike, Matthew Schmidt, Cynthia E. Thornton, Gary Burritt, Jim Passon, Robert E. Phillips

Location Management

Romualdas Darginavicius, Roma Gailiuviene, Paulius Grinbergas, Irena Karpickaja, Isabelle Kostic Crosley, Mantas Kubilinskas, Clive Miles, Agne Skane, Goda Skeryte, Pijus Tamulevicius, Annija Tetere

Music Department

Jeff Atmajian, Chris Bacon, Simon Bags, Ian Balmain, Nick Barry, Joshua Bell, Mark Berrow, Richard Berry, Richard Bissill, Nigel Black, Sue Bohling, Natalia Bonner, Thomas Bowes, John Bradbury, Tom Brown, Nicholas Bucknall, Chris Clad, Gustav Clarkson, Richard Clews, Nick Cooper, Chris Cozens, Dermot Crehan, David Daniels, Laurence Davies, Peter Davies, Ralph De Souza, Brad Dechter, Matthew Draper, Steve Durkee, Liz Edwards, Richard Edwards, Dai Emanuel, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Tristan Fry, Dave Fuest, Roger Garland, Morgan Goff, Kathy Gowers, Richard Grant, Rusen Gunes, Dave Hage, Peter Hanson, Dave Holden, Nick Ingman, Joel Iwataki, Garfield Jackson, Karen Jones, Skaila Kanga, Paul Kegg, Randy Kerber, Gary Kettel, Patrick Kiernan, Andy Kitchen, Jo Knight, Greg Knowles, Boguslav Kostecki, Peter Lale, Richard Lancaster, Patrick Lannigan, Chris Lawrence, Julian Leaper, Gabrielle Lester, Tony Lewis, Martin Loveday, Beatrix Lovejoy, Steve Mair, Rita Manning, Charlotte Matthews, Stephen Maw, James McLeod, Steve McManus, Mike McMenemy, Gavin McNaughton, Don McVay, Perry Montague-Mason, Kate Moore, Steve Morris, Maurice Murphy, Everton Nelson, Dan Newell, Julia Marie Newmann, Anna Noakes, David Olson, Andy Parker, Victor Pesavento, Melissa Phelps, Tom Pigott Smith, Anthony Pike, Chris Pitsillides, Anthony Pleeth, David Pyatt, Maciej Rakowski, Simon Rayner, Jonathan Rees, Simon Rhodes, Frank Ricotti, George Robertson, Steve Rossell, Frank Schaefer, Emlyn Singleton, Richard Skinner, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, Jonathan Snowden, Pamela J. Sollie, Dave Stewart, Jonathan Strange, David Theodore, Stuart Michael Thomas, Cathy Thompson, Jon Thorne, Chris Tombling, David Vines, Allen Walley, Matthew J. Ward, Vicci Wardman, Richard Watkins, Stacey Watton, Jim Weidman, Bruce White, Debbie Widdup, Katie Wilkinson, Paul Willey, Jonathan Williams, Rolf Wilson, Andrew Wood, Chris Worsey, Warren Zielinski, Mark Graham, Mary Scully

Script and Continuity Department

Ron Peters, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Allan van O.T. Andersen

Transportation Department

Viktor Augulevic, Raimondas Bajelis, Mick Barnet, Stanislovas Bartkevicius, Viktorija Bobko, Vladislav Bradovskij, Jonas Cicenas, Juozas Cinbulskas, Eugenijus Darvidas, Ravi Dube, Jurij Dubrovin, Diana Filpovic, Piotr Gakut, Dainius Giedraitis, Jurij Gorbachov, Martin Grange, Tomas Iskovas, Arunas Karpus, Irmantas Kavoliunas, Antanas Kazakevicius, Paulius Kirstukas, Pavel Lukasevic, Andrej Mackevic, Sergejus Makarovas, Igor Markov, Juzef Masalskij, Ovidijus Masenas, Slavomir Masevic, Saulius Mileikis, Juzev Milosevskij, Andrej Moisejenko, Viktor Moroz, John Morris, Darius Narinkevicius, Valerij Naturyev, Graham Pamment, Olegas Petkevicius, Valerijus Polkovnikovas, Michail Purenok, Olga Raskita, Valentinas Razgunas, Frank Schlosser, Jürgen Thiel, Tadas Tomasevskis, Mantas Trybe, Alvydas Tyla, Viktor Valkovic, Jelena Volgina, Andrius Voronovskis, Tim Watson, Sergej Zaicev, Arunas Zapolskas, Jaroslav Zdaniukevic, Jan Zukoveckij

Additional Crew

Anatolij Afanasjev, Laura Akstinaite, Angele Aleksiene, Gabrielle Allen, Aleksandr Aronchik, Kevin Badgery, Smilte Bagdziune, Rasa Baluciunaite, Vaida Blazyte, Saule Blistrabiene, Liudmila Bobojarova, Alisa Buckley, Dennis Davidson, Dalia Doviltyte, Paul Dray, Rus Ekkel, Emereta Fadda, Vaclav Franek, Julius Gaizauskas, Peter D. Graves, Veronika Hladikova, Jan Horacek, Nick Jeffries, Brian Jochum, Gary Jones, Ieva Jurgaityte, Aiste Kabbara, Vit Kalivoda, Gintare Kancauskaite, Justin Kane, Jakun Kapras, Victoria Kent, Jelena Kirejeva, Tomas Kouba, Justina Krivaja, Alexa-Sascha Lewin, Simonas Lindesis, David Lindsay, Ingrid Litman, Laura Luksyte, Vladas Lynda, Sergejus Makarovas, Meg Mathisen, Robert Mendoza, Roger Mendoza, Martin Mikuska, Miles Mogulescu, Alan Munro, Ruta Nemaniene, Mark Padilla, Klara Patkova, Evaldas Petrauskas, Milan Prenosil, Aurimas Puniskis, Yogita Puri, Zoe Rosenblum, Marge Rowland, Dainius Sajalys, Monika Sakalauskaite, Jurate Samulionyte, Dovile Sarutyte, Simona Sedleckaite, David Seffer, Viktoras Serys, Jessica Shell, Jay Simon, Aidas Sinkevicius, Gabija Siurbyte, Kristina Soltonaite, Ana Stichini, Anzelika Svirko, Neil Swain, Dan Travers, Gitana Urbonaite, Martin Vesely, Rasa Vilkaityte, Simon Waterson, James Weston, Boris Wolfson, Jaroslav Zahradnik, Loreta Zajarskyte, Frantisek Zunt, Livia Burton, Shyama Friedenson, Amy Israel, Arturas Nemanis, Eddie Rubin


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Short Description

Defiance is a 2008 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.

Box Office Budget

$32,000,000 (estimated)

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