The Defiant Ones (1986 film)

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
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Written byJames Lee Barrett
Harold Jacob Smith (story)
Nedrick Young (story)
Directed byDavid Lowell Rich
StarringRobert Urich
Carl Weathers
Music bySteve Dorff
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersRobert Lovenheim
Robert Urich
Carl Weathers
Production locationDenver
CinematographyRexford L. Metz
EditorRichard Bracken
Running time100 minutes
Production companiesMGM Television
Stormy Weathers Production
Urich Productions
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseJanuary 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)


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.


Production and broadcastEdit

The film is a remake of The Defiant Ones, the 1958 film that inspired Carl Weathers to become an actor.[1][2] It premiered on ABC at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 1986.[3]


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."[3]


  1. ^ Gendel, Morgan (9 February 1986). "A Bad Dude Does Good". The Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ King, Susan (October 18, 2014). "Carl Weathers of 'Rocky' still a hit with fans". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b Goodman, Walter (January 3, 1986). "TV WEEKEND; 'The Defiant Ones' in a TV Version". The New York Times.

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