Defiance (1980) DVD Review
Audio: Dolby Digital Mono mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 DVD
Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the gang and his neighbors, it does not work. Soon he is battling the Souls and not only changing their attitudes, but the attitudes of his previously intimidated neighbors as well.
Back when Jan Michael Vincent could be recognized, physically and vocally, and he had so much going for him he slipped this smallish cheesy cult classic into his filmography. Tommy Gamble is a sea merchant suspended for fighting. He gets stuck in a tough rundown New York neighborhood while he waits to get reinstated so he can catch a ship out of the scummy rough neighborhood overrun by the hoods and thugs (laughable & absurd ‘Cholo’ gang stereotypes) known as the ‘Souls’. During his stay he has multiple run-ins with the Souls and stands up to their antics and bullying, showing the neighborhood that fighting back may be the answer to their problems.
The plot is a tad thin but, like screenwriter Walter Hill’s other efforts, there is a surreal atmosphere that is a lot harder to find in films these days. The acting is good and you don’t feel like these actors are surrounded by cameras like most films today. The supporting cast includes actors Danny Aiello and Art Carney but there are few others who are memorable. It’s a very hard film to find but it’s a good watch if you have nothing else to do on a very late Saturday night.
Movie Quality: 7/10
The supporting cast includes actors Danny Aiello and Art Carney but there are few others who are memorable. It’s a very hard film to find but it’s a good watch if you have nothing else to do on a very late Saturday night.
Overall Rating: 7/10