The Defiant Ones is a 1986 American made-for-television crime drama film directed by David Lowell Rich starring Robert Urich and Carl Weathers. It is a remake of the 1958 film of the same name.
|The Defiant Ones|
|Written by||James Lee Barrett|
Harold Jacob Smith (story)
Nedrick Young (story)
|Directed by||David Lowell Rich|
|Music by||Steve Dorff|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Cinematography||Rexford L. Metz|
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Production companies||MGM Television|
Stormy Weathers Production
|Original release||January 5, 1986|
Cullen Monroe and Johnny "Joker" Johnson are prisoners who hate each other and get into a fistfight, causing them to be transported to a different jailhouse by car. During transport they come to blows again, causing an accident. They escape the car but remain chained to each other while the sheriff hunts them.
- Robert Urich as Johnny "Joker" Johnson
- Carl Weathers as Cullen Monroe
- Ed Lauter as Sheriff Leroy Doyle
- Barry Corbin as Floyd Carpenter
- Laurie O'Brien as Pauline
- Thalmus Rasulala as Fred
- William Sanderson as Mason
- Ritch Brinkley as Lonny
- Ebbe Roe Smith as Deputy Miller
- Wil Wheaton as Clyde
- Charles Bartlett as Jeffcoat
- Richard Fullerton as First Guard
- Bob Harris as Driver
Production and broadcastEdit
The film is a remake of The Defiant Ones, the 1958 film that inspired Carl Weathers to become an actor. It premiered on ABC at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 1986.
In comparing the film to the original version, Walter Goodman of The New York Times wrote that "1986 is not 1958" and joked that the remake is "nothing if not moving. The two keep moving from the opening credits to the close." He further opined that the film contained "enough running music to score the New York Marathon."
- ^ Gendel, Morgan (9 February 1986). "A Bad Dude Does Good". The Los Angeles Times.
- ^ King, Susan (October 18, 2014). "Carl Weathers of 'Rocky' still a hit with fans". Los Angeles Times.
- ^ a b Goodman, Walter (January 3, 1986). "TV WEEKEND; 'The Defiant Ones' in a TV Version". The New York Times.