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"C'mon, Joker. You're draggin' on the chain!" 


      Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier escape when a prison van overturns at night on a country road. They are shackled together, which forces them to cooperate as they flee through piney woods, despite their intense mutual dislike. At dawn the county sheriff (Theodore Bikel) has organized a search party, complete with bloodhounds, and is on the trail of the escapees. Curtis and Poitier find their way to a remote hard-scrabble farm owned by a woman (Cara Williams), who has been abandoned by her husband, and her pre-teen son. She has tools they use to free themselves from the shackles and the woman wants Curtis to take her with him away from the farm - her prison. 

    She tells Poitier   to flee through a swamp where the dogs won't be able to follow his scent. Curtis discovers she sent Poitier into a swamp he'll probably never come out of alive. He finds emotional shackles still bind him to his fellow escapee. The pair makes a last desperate run for freedom. A well-crafted script and believable acting all around make this an above-average, very entertaining movie.


1958, Directed by Stanley Kramer

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A Face in the Crowd     
The African Queen       All Quiet on the Western Front    The Apartment    Bambi    Ben Hur    
The Best Years of Our Lives 

Bugsy Malone    Cabaret    The Caine Mutiny    Casablanca    Chicago    The Defiant Ones     Doctor Strangelove 

Double Indemnity
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

From Here To Eternity
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The Iceman Cometh   Inherit the Wind    It’s a Wonderful Life    Jesus Christ Superstar    Judgment at Nuremburg    

Julius Caesar    Key Largo Lawrence of Arabia    The Learning Tree    The List of Adrian Messenger     Little Big Man

My Fair Lady
The Neverending Story    North by Northwest    The Owl and the Pussycat    Porgy and Bess    

Pride of the Yankees
   The Producers    Purlie    Quo Vadis    The Red Badge of Courage    Requiem for a Heavyweight    

Rhapsody in Blue
     The Sand Pebbles    The Sea Wolf    Seven Samurai    Ship of Fools    Some Like It Hot   

The Sound of Music    South Pacific   Spartacus    The Spirit of St. Louis    Stalag 17    

Sunset Boulevard

To Kill a Mockingbird      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre       Twelve Angry Men       Twelve O’Clock High    

2001 A Space Odyssey    The Victors     Victor Victoria   Watership Down     West Side Story    

The Wizard of Oz
    Yankee Doodle Dandy  

The Yearling

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