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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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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
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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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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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Trivia

Frank Maxwell's final feature film. 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

Reuven Malter: Where'd you learn to hit like that?
Danny Saunders: [Casually] I practiced.
Reuven Malter: I thought you people only, uh, studied the Talmud.
Danny Saunders: I have an agreement with my father: I study my quota of the Talmud every day, the rest of the time is my own.
Reuven Malter: Your "quota" of Talmud?
Danny Saunders: Four pages.
Reuven Malter: [Slightly incredulous] "Four pages"? I can do ONE page, and I'm very good. And even then I need my father to help me.
Danny Saunders: I have total recall.
Reuven Malter: [Skeptically] Sure.
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Connections

References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
(uncredited)
Instrumental version
Music by Harold Arlen
The song is playing when Reuven is sitting at the soda counter with his friends
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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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