The Defiant Ones is a made for television remake of the classic 1958 drama taking place in the deep south where two prisoners, one black and one white, are forced into circumstances where they must learn to trust each other despite racial differences. During an accident during a prison transport, African-American Cullen Monroe (Carl Weathers) and southerner John "Joker" Jackson (Robert Urich) escape from a chain gang while shackled together. Each man begins burdened with mutual loathing for each other, as Joker is a unsympathetic racist and Cullen refuses to be disrespected. Despite their differences, the two must learn to cooperate if either one is to survive. As the two undergo numerous trials and tribulations, a grudging respect is born and the two become borderline friends. With the law in close pursuit, and facing hostile local townspeople, the two men demonstrate a bond of unity and equality that stands as a testament to every person's inherent humanity, despite perceived differences.