The Lords of Discipline (1983)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  15 July 1983 (Australia)
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Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. 'Bear' Berrineau
Dante `Pig` Pignetti
John Lavachielli ...
Mark Santoro
Tradd St. Croix
Mark Breland ...
Tom Pearce
Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Dean R. Miller ...
Gooch (as Dean Miller)
Commerce St. Croix


Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism. The racists come in the form of The Ten, a secret group of the elite students. They want Pearce to leave on his own free will, but are prepared to torture him to make it 'his free will'. Will is forced to help Pearce and he is prepared to risk his own career to do so. Written by Matthew Stanfield <>

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One hundred years of the finest school turning out the finest young men. IT WAS ALL A LIE. One cadet is about to expose the system.




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15 July 1983 (Australia)  »

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Guardianes del honor  »

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Actors Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Rick Rossovich would later all work on the later military movie Navy Seals (1990) whilst a number of the cast (Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, William Hope and Rick Rossovich) also would go on to appear in a number of movies directed by James Cameron. See more »


As Will is sneaking out of the campus to go spy on The Ten, a modern streetside mailbox is shown. See more »


Gilbreath: Do you know what this is, boy?
[Holds up a coin]
Gilbreath: Pop off!
Poteete: It's a quarter, sir.
Gilbreath: Shut up! Open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
[Poteete sticks out his tongue and Gilbreath places the coin on it]
Gilbreath: Swallow it!
[Gilbreath grabs Poteete's throatt, forcing him to swallow the coin]
Gilbreath: That's good boy, that's reeeal good. You're gonna be my little piggy-bank.
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Bill Paxton is referred to in the closing credits as "Wild" Bill Paxton. See more »


Referenced in Speaking Parts (1989) See more »

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27 November 2001 | by (Nsw, Australia) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. Now i have never read the novel it is based on so i am not disillusioned by how "bland" an adaptation this is, but i must say that this was an interesting, intriguing and enjoyable film. It was deep and thought provoking and provided an insight into what was... and possibly still is considered to be the making of a man and a soldier.

Also, the fact that it is a veritable melting pot of future stars and character actors doesn't hurt. David Keith as a likeable character? Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton, a year before making Terminator together, a few years before making Aliens and ages before making Tombstone. Judge Reinhold, Rick Rossovich (the guy from Roxanne and pacific blue), Matt Frewer (HE LOOKS SO YOUNG!!!), the fat guy out of Godzilla (he is great). It was interesting seeing all these people in these roles, big and small.

Moral of the story, great flick :)

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