THE DEFIANT ONES (1958) B/W widescreen 97m dir: Stanley Kramer
w/Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney Jr., King Donovan, Claude Akins, Lawrence Dobkin, Whit Bissell
From The Movie Guide: "Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier are handcuffed together as white and Black escaped convicts in the South in this classic liberal adventure from Stanley Kramer. Their plight is an all-too-obvious metaphor for American race relations. Though the political lesson drives the movie, the action is also effective as the odd couple flees from their oppressors. This is an engrossing depiction of racial tensions and an oppressive penal system. Both Poitier and Curtis give memorable performances. Curtis's portrayal of a bigoted uneducated Southern 'cracker' is probably the best performance and role of his career. This was the film that established Poitier as a star."
Oscars for Best Original Story and Screenplay (Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith) and B&W Cinematography (Sam Leavitt). Also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (both Curtis and Poitier), Supporting Actor (Bikel), and Supporting Actress (Williams).