MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,203 this week

The Lords of Discipline (1983)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,860 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 6 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 28 Jan 2011
 
a list of 61 titles
created 11 Jun 2011
 
a list of 98 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
 
a list of 77 titles
created 13 Jul 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Lords of Discipline (1983)

The Lords of Discipline (1983) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Lords of Discipline.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hog Wild (1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A boy (Tim Warner), expelled from military school, returns home to his fathers disappiontment. He discovers that a motorcycle gang has been terrorizing his high school, and falls in love ... See full summary »

Director: Les Rose
Stars: Patti D'Arbanville, Michael Biehn, Tony Rosato
War Party (1988)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of re-enactors attempt to stage a hundred year anniversary battle between US Cavalry and Blackfeet Indians. Unfortunately racial hostilities and a real gun lead to some all too real... See full summary »

Director: Franc Roddam
Stars: Billy Wirth, Kevin Dillon, Tim Sampson
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A British soldier falls in love with a French woman wanted by the resistance for crimes against her country.

Director: Larry Parr
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Marianne Basler, Paul Wyett
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Elite army unit is assigned to destroy North Korea's lone nuclear facility.

Directors: Stephen Milburn Anderson, Hubert de La Bouillerie
Stars: Michael Biehn, Mark Edward Anderson, Adrian Paul
Taps (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox
China Rose (TV Movie 1983)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man arrives in China to search for his son, whom he hasn't seen in many years. A female American Embassy employee, who knows the country and speaks the language, is assigned to assist him... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: George C. Scott, Michael Biehn, Ali MacGraw
Near Mrs. (1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A philandering executive tries to juggle two wives and a mistress, and finds himself suddenly being shadowed by some angry Russian holdouts from the Cold War.

Director: Baz Taylor
Stars: Judge Reinhold, Casey Siemaszko, C├ęcile Paoli
K2 (1991)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Taylor and Harold are good friends and avid climbers. While climbing one day, they meet a man who it seems might be attempting to climb K2, the world's second-highest peak. Always pushy, ... See full summary »

Director: Franc Roddam
Stars: Michael Biehn, Matt Craven, Annie Grindlay
The Fan (1981)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A record salesman is an obsessed fan of an actress of stage and screen (Lauren Bacall). However when his letters are rejected, the fan strikes out at the actresses friends, then at her.

Director: Ed Bianchi
Stars: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Michael Biehn
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Army finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.

Director: Paul Glickler
Stars: Ken Wahl, Judge Reinhold, Annie McEnroe
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Audie Murphy is again the kid who puts on a badge to catch the bad guy, skillfully played by Barry Sullivan. On the way back to town the two develop a curiously close relationship - ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Audie Murphy, Barry Sullivan, Venetia Stevenson
Survival of Dana (TV Movie 1979)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

High school transfer student Dana moves to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles after her North Dakota parents get divorced.

Director: Jack Starrett
Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Robert Carradine, Marion Ross
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 July 1983 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes del honor  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Novelist Pat Conroy based "The Ten" on a 1907 incident where a group of military cadets at a distinguished naval and military college secretly banded together to form a secret society to corruptly collude with each other to help each other. Every year, ten more cadets were added, this went on for years. When the society was exposed, the original cadets were now influential people occupying a number of positions of power. See more »

Goofs

When Poteete falls and hits the pavement, Will is shown looking away from one angle, then looking forward toward the body when the angle changes. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Bill Paxton is referred to in the closing credits as "Wild" Bill Paxton. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Future Tense (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Okay movie has little regard for its characters
9 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I did not read the novel "The Lords of Discipline" by Pat Conroy so I cannot comment on how successful the movie is in terms of the original material, as some of the other comments are able to do.

But judging the movie on its own merits, its half a triumph, half disappointment. I saw it when it was first released, because I liked David Keith and, well, I saw everything.

This review openly discusses several plot points.

Keith plays Will, everyone's favorite. As he is returning to the Academy for senior year, he is welcomed by staff and classmates alike. This year is going to be slightly different, he finds out early, because a black student (Pierce, played by Mark Breland) has entered the school (its 1964 and we are in the South). He is asked by Bear (Robert Prosky) to keep an eye on this particular student. Will wants nothing more than to coast through his senior year, but Bear calls in old favors so Will is obligated.

On Hell Night, naturally all the white trash goes straight for Pierce. They also go for an overweight student called Poteete. Both boys are humiliated and tortured by the suffering does not end for Poteete, as he is kidnapped (sort of) by 'The Ten', a secret society of the ten best seniors. Their threats make a Hell Night hazing seem like a day at the beach. Poteete has to be talked down from a ledge, because he is so frightened by 'The Ten' and that he won't be able to survive the entire year. The next time he's on the ledge he successfully commits suicide. In the meantime, Pierce is also being singled out, but Will tells him to communicate what is going on, so at least he can report the cruelty that he is enduring.

Eventually Will decides 'The Ten' must be held responsible for their continuous torture. He recruits his roommates to help him. As they find out more and more, they are then singled out. Dante Pignetti (Rick Rossovich) is eventually expelled for something very trumped up and silly, but Will is still determined to get to the bottom of it.

The movie takes some questionable turns in the later innings. The characters played by Judge Reinhold, Bill Paxton and Michael Biehn are one-sided bigoted bullies and nothing else. They may as well all sleep under a rock, and most likely do not even deserve more than that, but its too easy to just show a future Grand Wizard of the KKK as being only that. Since Biehn reveals himself to be one of 'The Ten', its also extremely convenient that he is in a position to give demerits to the Will and his roommates, but it would have been more effective if he had been seen in that position BEFORE all the drama took place. Its also pretty lousy that the character of Poteete is only mentioned once after his suicide. There is no investigation from outside authorities, or even any motivation to 'get to the bottom of it' on his behalf. Its almost as if he's in the movie just so 'The Ten' can be introduced to the audience through his experience with them, and once he does that, he serves no purpose. But the character of Pierce dealt with them, also, so they would have been introduced through their cowardly treatment of him.

David Keith was very popular in the late 70's/early 80's. I saw most of his movies and am sorry he never had a lengthy career, but it seems as though Kurt Russell, Patrick Swayze, Dennis Quaid and Kevin Costner got all the parts David could have played. This was one of his only starring roles, and he's very good without overdoing it. He's always pretty believable, even when the movie isn't. 6/10.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
a response to raypaquin's comment pazmasta
Military School hellspawn0218
Who are Pignetti's roommates? michaelh2001
Incorrect flag display. lrcdmnhd72
Who is the actor that portrays the student prosecutor at 'Pig's' trial? elie_fisher
What is up with the DVD? bigtoh
Discuss The Lords of Discipline (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?