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The Lords of Discipline (1983)

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In 1960s America, a black cadet is allowed acceptance into a seemingly prestigious military academy, unleashing a barrage of corruption within the system that another cadet is willing to expose.

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Gen. Bentley Durrell
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Abigail St. Croix
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John Alexander
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Tom Pearce
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Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
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Gooch (as Dean Miller)
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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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Starring DAVID KEITH. The rebel from "An Officer And A Gentleman". See more »

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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,011,932, 18 February 1983, Wide Release

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$11,787,127
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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

The windshield on Will's 1957 Chevrolet is either clear or has a tinted band across the top, depending on whether the scene is filmed in the UK or in South Carolina (different cars were used at each location). See more »

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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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The Citadel of 1963 vs 2006
11 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I will give this movie a grudging o.k. I feel the book was superior in all respects but hey, how can a movie live up to Pat Conroy's book. I was in the military for 8 years and a product of Conroy's 'damaged goods' sickness of the South. I had the privilige of attending that place but turned it down in favor of another school some 30 years ago. But please bear in mind that much has changed in the military and much of the brutality of the school has gone away with all the attention heaved upon it. I noticed that many of the readers comments indicate about the sadism but remember, Pat Conroy attended the Citadel in 1963 to 1967 when there were not the federal laws and scutiny that exists in 2006. I understand much of Conroy's distrust and bitterness about having attended then refused the commission for lack of a better word than conscience objector. I don't have a problem with that and can now relate having seen many of my fellow soldiers refuse to come back to service after the Gulf War started in 1990. Please read the book first and look deep into what Conroy is trying to impart to all of us. It is similar to 'Born on the 4th of July.' Don't look at today's Citadel with any type of similarity to what went on over 40 years ago. Like they say, it's gone with the wind...


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