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 overview, first billed only:
Professor David Malter
Reb Saunders
Danny Saunders
Reuven Malter
Hildy Brooks ...
Mrs. Saunders
Kaethe Fine ...
Shaindel Saunders
Baseball Coach
Levi Saunders (as Robert Burke)
Sidney Goldberg
Douglas Warhit ...
Schwartzi (as Jeff Marcus)
Stuart Charno ...
1st Baseman
Richard Lifschutz ...
Hassidic Coach
Clement Fowler ...


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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Frank Maxwell's final feature film. See more »


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 »


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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References Captain Blood (1935) See more »


Invention No. 4 in D-, BWV 775
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Barry Miller
Reuven practices playing the piece on the piano
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A key example of great 80's filmmaking
1 November 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I'm overjoyed that this excellent film is finally available on DVD. Robby Benson gives a performance that may finally receive the proper recognition. This is a story about friendship, true heart and life -- just see it and enjoy the richly developed performances and storytelling that unfold like a beautiful flower -- simply great.

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