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Jewish resistance fighters living in Nazi-occupied Poland who escape into the forest, where they join up with Russian resistance fighters and try to save the lives of other Jews? Talk about Oscar catnip!
Written, directed and produced by Ed Zwick ( "Blood Diamond" , "The Last Samurai" ), "Defiance" follows the Bielski brothers, played by Daniel Craig (pictured), Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay.
In addition to the prestige cast, Zwick surrounded himself with Oscar winners on the production side. Eduardo Serra ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") is behind the camera, Steven Rosenblum ("X-Men") edits, Neil Corbould ("Black Hawk Down") supervises special effects, and Jenny Beaven ("Gosford Park") designed the costumes.