Defiance! - Cult Golden Age Porn Movie Now On DVD
Released in 1974 during the Golden Age of Movie Porn, Defiance! aka Defiance Of Good stars the superb, but under-rated Jean Jennings. She plays a teenager who graduates with a minor in sex and then majors in bondage. Defiance! is not unlike the Story Of O, whose heavy S&M overtones are not for the squeamish or sensitive. Degradation is orchestrated like a fine tuning fork. There is no aphrodisiac so potent as the Defiance! of all that is good! This is classic porn at it's best, and one of the first S&M themed movies with great performances and a good story.
Starring: Jean Jennings, Fred J. Lincoln, Day Jason, Holly Landis
Director: Armand Weston
Classic Feature Length Porn Movie ‘Defiance!’ On Re-Mastered And Reissued DVD From Gamelink
A genuine classic from the Golden Age of Movie Porn, Defiance! aka Defiance Of Good has a well deserved reputation as a credible cinematic exercise in S&M and B&D. However, what few porn fans who have heard about Defiance! But not actually seen it fail to realize is that the sexual terror is far more psychological than hardcore, even though the sex is still satisfyingly explicit.
The teenage star of Defiance!, the lovely Jean Jennings, was only 17 when the film was made and her acting debut called for a range of emotions not usually found in porn. According to distributor Micky Zaffarano, Jean Jennings had signed a release prior to filming The Defiance Of Good giving her age as 23. Later, when he scheduled personal appearances for her, she confessed and told him that she was only 17.
Bruce Williamson / Playboy: "Jean Jennings, this year’s challenge to Marilyn Chambers, plays a girl who learns elementary sex and then majors in discipline. ‘Defiance!’ is a ‘Gidget Behind the Green Door’ with ‘Story Of O’ overtones"
Kevin Sanders / WABC-TV: "’Defiance!’ is an adult film with whips, chains and bondage. But then, so is ‘The Exorcist’ or ‘The Night Porter’, Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ and Bergman’s ‘Cries and Whispers’, for that matter. If you are into kinkiness, then you will enjoy this film. Jean Jennings will be the next Linda Lovelace or Marilyn Chambers."
Al Goldstein: "’Defiance!’ With Jean Jennings is not unlike the ‘Story of O’. High caliber scripting, fine lensing, and torrid tactile tantrums. A dervish of devil’s brew, not for the squeamish or sensitive. Orchestrated to a fine tuning. The big league technical treatment in this film indicates the new direction porn films are taking. Good acting and fine turn-on footage."
A young sweet virgin called Cathy Taylor, played superbly by the 17 year old Jean Jennings making her porn debut, is caught experimenting with drugs by her uptight Christian mother and is committed to the mental ward of Eastwood General Hospital for observation. As soon as she arrives, she is strip searched and locked in cage with a bunch of psychopaths. Later that night as she tries to relax, she is viciously gang-raped by the other inmates in a very realistic and horrific encounter.
Watch out for a quick cameo by bisexual superstar Marc Stevens, nicknamed “10 ½” for reasons which become obvious when he drops his pants, as one of the inmates in the very disturbing day room scene.
It should be pointed out that porn movies from this era were, ironically, far more liberal in the sexual subjects covered. They freely and explicitly depicted extreme sexual themes that would be considered taboo in the far more visually explicit porn of today, including incest, forced sex, sexual humiliation and, in the case of Defiance!, brutal gang rape. While such subjects are extremely politically incorrect, for porn historians and fans of Golden Age movies they have to be accepted for what they were - no more than products of their time, along with more genuinely enthusiastic sex and unshaven pubic hair.
The sadistic Dr. Gabriel, played by Fred Lincoln, comes to her rescue and persuades the hospital to release her into his custody in his own private clinic. Unfortunately she soon comes to realise that her savior is closer to a brutal cult leader than a traditional medical practitioner as he brain-washes her, punishes her, humiliates her, then commands her to commit the most unimaginable acts of debauchery.
This is the point where Defiance! changes tone from gritty to Gothic and the S&M element really kicks in as young and helpless Cathy is ordered to obey every one of DR. Gabriel’s rules, no matter how seemingly arbitrary or cruel. Her initial resistance earns her a sound whipping from Nurse Kane, who later forces herself on the shackled Cathy, a pivotal sequence where the young girl transforms from victim to willing participant in her own sexual submission.
Some exquisitely erotic moments ensue with the accent on educating ignorant viewers about the seductive and highly ritualized nature of S&M, rather than merely bludgeoning them with a succession of floggings, which is just a superficial first impression that often precludes outsiders’ understanding that this sort of dominant / submissive relationship is really about trust and surrender between equal yet role-defined partners.
Her education nearly complete, right after a show stopping three-way sex session with a hardly recognizable Jamie Gillis and Sonny Landham, Cathy is given the choice of freedom with no possibility of ever returning or to stay on and help indoctrinate a new arrival. In the end, Cathy Taylor realizes that she truly belongs to him and can never go home to her mother! While detractors will be quick to blame the girl’s decision on a major case of Stockholm Syndrome, it fits right in with the message Weston is trying to convey, with a nasty twist in the tail for good measure.
One of the finest adult movies of any era dealing with the murky subculture of sadomasochism, there has been some debate over the authorship of Defiance! Armand Weston was that porn rarity, not unlike his legendary contemporary Radley Metzger, a man who took the time to develop each project, exhibiting talent and concern at every stage. While Weston was certainly involved in the making of Defiance!, producer Jason Russell who appears on the closing credits as make-up assistant, male lead Fred Lincoln and even Vinnie Rossi, a modestly talented hack, have all claimed responsibility at some point.
A mature masterpiece of cinematic pornography, both in form and content, Arrnand Weston’s Defiance! deserves far better than the poor reputation it has acquired over time, being unfairly lumped together with the rest of the 1970’s porn roughies. Viewers expecting a lot of physical harm to be inflicted upon its teen heroine / victim will be disappointed, as the violence and sexual humiliation are more psychological in nature.
In this respect, Jean Jennings’ debut performance in a porn movie is nothing short of amazing, her every action and reaction being totally credible. She has never received proper credit for running through the whole gamut of emotions the part required. Few experienced adult film actresses would have been capable of pulling this off.
Defiance! has quite a dark tone and some philosophical under-currents but it is neither as shocking as Through The Looking Glass or as thought-provoking as The Devil In Miss Jones. Nevertheless, Defiance! covers some rich narrative ground, bringing to mind One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest and The Story Of O. And remember, despite any artistic pretensions it might have, Defiance! was still a porn movie - and a very good one at that. If you like more in a bondage porn movie than just some babe being held captive, this is it. Jean Jennings gets nailed by multiple guys while being held down and then it continues in an actual story line! Lots of good 1970's Golden Age themes, and not like modern skin flicks at all.
Jean Jennings Biography: Jean Jennings was one of the hottest, but short lived, stars of early 1970's movie porn. She was only 17 but claimed to be older, when she made her porn debut by starring in Armand Weston’s Golden Age S&M classic Defiance! Tall, slim, leggy, blonde, and possessing plenty of pubic hair, Jean Jennings was born Cynthia Jean Jackson in 1957 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was the daughter of Charles Lamar Jackson and Jean Denovan Jennings, and used her mother's maiden name for her porn pseudonym. Jean was a cheerleader in grade school, but ran away from home and became involved in the adult entertainment industry after she was discovered by photographer Len Camp. Usually cast as a virginal innocent because of her nubile and youthful looks, Jean Jennings appeared in eight more porn movies prior to her retirement from the adult film industry in 1979. She married character actor Joe Spinell in February, 1977 and had one child before divorcing him in July, 1979. Jean Jennings reportedly settled down in Tampa, Florida, where she worked as a nurse and married her second husband, Roosevelt S. Booker. Jean died at age 54 on September 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.
Defiance! - Classic Feature Length Golden Age Porn Movie Reissued On High Quality DVD By VCX