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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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Col. 'Bear' Berrineau
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Dante `Pig` Pignetti
John Lavachielli ...
Mark Santoro
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Tradd St. Croix
Mark Breland ...
Tom Pearce
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Poteete
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Macabbee
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Braselton
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Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Dean R. Miller ...
Gooch (as Dean Miller)
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Commerce St. Croix
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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 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 <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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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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Guardianes del honor  »

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Trivia

The movie's source novel by Pat Conroy was shortened for this filmed adaptation in order to emphasize a disturbing military college incident of racism during the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

When Will and Trad first enter their dorm room, you can see the camera shake as the cameraman bumps the door frame following them in. See more »

Quotes

Dante 'Pig' Pignetti: It's always 'fuck, shit, piss' all the time around here, I mean, if she could hear it, it would embarass her.
[looks at a picture of his girlfriend]
Will: But Pig, this is a photograph.
Dante 'Pig' Pignetti: I know that!
Will: It can't see, smell, hear, taste. Right? Mark... Now Mr. Santoro, if you please, adress a few obscene remarks to this totally inatimate photograph.
Mark: Jesus, would you look at the tits on that bitch!
Will: Pig, how we doin'?
[Pig is trying to control himself]
Will: Tradd?
Tradd: My, would I dearly love to play a little 'hide the...
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Bill Paxton is referred to in the closing credits as "Wild" Bill Paxton. See more »

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Referenced in Future Tense (1990) See more »

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It's all about the HONOR...
29 August 2004 | by (Indianapolis, IN, USA) – See all my reviews

The armed services of the U.S. have spent years trying to define and instill the core values that they wish the Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman to possess. The military realizes that not many people have learned those core values from their home life. Induction into the service is a metamorphosis into a new life and it involves making over the former civilian into the servicemember -- body and mind. In this excellent fictional movie, the Commandant and his "Ten" lost track of the distinction between pride in their accomplishments and...elitism. Will and The Bear had honor. Will's moral courage exemplified the core values that the military strives to teach its members today.


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