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The Chosen (1981)

PG  |   |  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Storyline

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

Robert John Burke's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Reuven and Danny go into Danny's bedroom on Shabbat (Sabbath) afternoon, Danny turns on a light. No Hasid would ever think to turn on a light on Shabbat. See more »

Quotes

Professor David Malter: [talking to Reuven about Danny] He needs you, son. And his father needs you too.
Reuven Malter: Why does Danny's father need me?
Professor David Malter: He speaks to his son through you.
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Features Thrill of a Romance (1945) See more »

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Music for a Wedding
Arranged by Kenneth Maltz
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educational yet entertaining
16 July 2003 | by (my Mom's basement, New York) – See all my reviews

I watched this film recently in class (intro to Western Religion) when we were learning about the ethics in Judaism. I was late for class, so I missed the beginning. However, the parts I managed to see were excellent. "The Chosen" might be the most entertaining film I've ever been forced to watch.

I felt that the story was engrossing; I actually cared about the characters and their friendship. I also thought that the acting was superb. However, I kept being distracted by the fact that Robby Benson looked like Hayden Christensen. For a film used as an educational tool, I could not have asked for much better. This is a very well made and interesting movie. It will teach you a lot.


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