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The Chosen (1981)

PG | | Drama | 30 April 1982 (USA)
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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(as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Professor David Malter
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Reb Saunders
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Danny Saunders
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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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Sidney 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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Brooklyn 1944. Despite being the same age, having grown up within blocks of each other, and both being Jewish, late teens Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter don't really know each other - knowing each other only by name and by sight - as Orthodox Danny stays largely within his own Hasidic community, which is just fine in Reuven's mind. An incident between the two which on the surface threatens to tear them even further apart instead blossoms into a friendship between the two. They begin to learn more and more about the other and their lives, which for Danny includes becoming a rabbi, solely as it is a several generations old family calling. In Reb Saunders' mind, he who rules his family by strict Hasidic traditions, Danny becoming the next rabbi in the family is not even a question, despite Danny, deep in his heart, wanting other secular pursuits which he has not told his father. Conversely, Reuven has modern sensibilities, being raised in a two-person household by his widowed academic ... Written by Huggo

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Os Escolhidos  »

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Trivia

Maximilien Schell and Rod Steiger apparently swapped roles just before production begun. See more »

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While Danny and Reuvan discuss the Ba'al Shem Tov, he is referred to as "Master of the Good Word." "Shem" is Hebrew for name. The Ba'al Shem Tov's name is "Master of the Good Name" - not Master of the Good Word. See more »

Quotes

Reuven Malter: You are weird.
Danny Saunders: *I* am?
Reuven Malter: Yeah, you are. You look like you walked out of another century. You play baseball like Babe Ruth. You talk like you're from another planet.
Danny Saunders: Thanks for the compliment.
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Music for a Wedding
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Good movie for non-Jews to get a taste of Chassidic life
28 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an insider to the Chassidic world (the very religious Jews portrayed in this movie) I would have to say, it is not always accurate. But if you are curious about the general idea of the orthodox lifestyle, this will give you a place to start. I guess my biggest problem (besides inflating the "romance" from the book into something that would NEVER happen in an Orthodox home) is in the details shown of Jewish life. Does ANYONE see the Mezuzot they are only sometimes touching as they pass through doorways? Danny actually Hugged his mother in front of an outsider! The poor sister being actually touched by a boy (a HUGE unreality), all these things show a life not actually lived by Chassidic Jews.

Another thing to consider-in the book, Danny is finding himself. In the movie, he is rebelling. Why does this need to be? As he told his Father (at least in the book) that he would keep the Commandments, it does not seem to be this way in the movie, with him kissing girls and running out to the movies. Oi Vey!

The acting is OK, the screenplay (if you've never read the book) is OK, the directing is dreadful, and the general quality of the movie was merely passable. But, you should probably still see this movie, but then go watch "A Life Apart" a documentary of Chassidic Jews in America to get the non-Hollywood version of their lives.


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