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As Nazi forces invade Poland, the defiant Bielski brothers (played by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell) escape into the Belarussian forest. Worried about the encroaching army and others of their race, the three men begin rescuing Jews and offering them protection within a village they build amidst the dense trees. This movie is based on a true story.
Why Is Defiance Rated R?
Defiance is rated R for violence and language.
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Based on historical accounts of Jews who were determined to hide from the wrath of Hitler’s invasions, this film details the efforts made by three brothers to protect a growing group of refugees. Frequent violence includes scenes of soldiers killing innocent people, including women, children and the elderly. Shootings are portrayed on-screen, and people are rounded up and taken away in trucks. Others are thrown, injured and killed during a bombing raid. Verbal threats and racial slurs are heard. A horse is shot off-screen. Sexual content is limited to discussions of people taking “forest wives” and “forest husbands”—many of these people are married, but have no idea if their spouses have survived. One couple is seen in bed, sexual activity is implied. A discussion occurs about a pregnant woman who was raped by a Nazi. A man unknowingly urinates on another man who is hiding. Profanities are moderately frequent, and include about a half-dozen sexual expletives, scatological terms, and religious profanities. Cigarettes smoking and alcohol use (sometimes to the point of impairment) are depicted.
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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Home Video Notes: Defiance
Release Date: 2 June 2009
Defiance releases to home video on DVD and Blu-ray. The movie is presented in wide screen with audio tracks in Dolby Digital Surround -English (on DVD) and Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby True HD 5.1 - English (on Blu-ray). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.
Bonus materials include:
- Audio Commentary (by director Edward Zwick)
- Featurettes (Return to the Forest: The Making of Defiance, Children of The Otriad: The Families Speak and Bielski Partisan Survivors)