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The Chosen (1981)

 -  Drama  -  30 April 1982 (USA)
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In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction.

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Professor David Malter
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Reb Saunders
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Danny Saunders
Barry Miller ...
Reuven Malter
Hildy Brooks ...
Mrs. Saunders
Kaethe Fine ...
Shaindel Saunders
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Baseball coach
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Levi Saunders (as Robert Burke)
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Davey
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Goldberg
Douglas Warhit ...
Sam
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Schwartzi (as Jeff Marcus)
Stuart Charno ...
1st Baseman
Richard Lifschutz ...
Hassidic Coach
Clement Fowler ...
Doctor
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In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction.

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Frank Maxwell's final feature film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Danny and Reuven tangle with the three street bullies, a modern (i.e., not 1940's) commercial bus passes in the cross street in the background. See more »

Quotes

narrator: closing scene: There is a story in the Talmud about a king who had a son who went astray. The son was told, "Return to your father." The son replied that he could not. The king then sent a messenger to the son with the message. "Come back to me as far as you can, and I will meet you the rest of the way."
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Classic film. One for everyone...
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I got this movie out from Dambusters in Golders Green not knowing how good it was going to be. This film is a joy to watch from start to finish. The acting is superb and the script is great as well.

The film provides an excellent drama between two Jewish guys one secular the other the son of a prominent frum Rabbi. Over the span of the film, you see their friendship develop and there are some real classic images of hassidic life including a Chassidic wedding. All the main actors play their part with real affection and dedication. Rod Steiger is in particular outstanding. This is all the more impressive given that guy was a non-jew.

This film should have won Oscars. Ach, what do they know?


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