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Release Date:
15 July 1983 (Australia) See more »
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.
Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Likable movie but don't expect everything you got in the novel! See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Keith ... Will McLean

Robert Prosky ... Col. 'Bear' Berrineau

G.D. Spradlin ... Gen. Bentley Durrell

Barbara Babcock ... Abigail St. Croix

Michael Biehn ... John Alexander

Rick Rossovich ... Dante `Pig` Pignetti
John Lavachielli ... Mark Santoro

Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Tradd St. Croix
Mark Breland ... Tom Pearce

Malcolm Danare ... Poteete

Judge Reinhold ... Macabbee

Greg Webb ... Braselton

Bill Paxton ... Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Dean R. Miller ... Gooch (as Dean Miller)

Ed Bishop ... Commerce St. Croix
Stuart Milligan ... McIntyre
Katharine Levy ... Teresa

Jason Connery ... MacKinnon

Rolf Saxon ... Rowland
Michael Horton ... Bobby Bentley
Ian Tyler ... Cadet Colonel
Tony Sibbald ... TAC Major
Norman Chancer ... TAC Captain
Ronald Fernee ... TAC Officer
Michael Fitzpatrick ... TAC Officer
Richard Oldfield ... TAC Officer

Matt Frewer ... Senior

William Hope ... Senior
Peter Hutchinson ... Senior
Peter Merrill ... Senior
Sheridan Earl Russell ... Senior

Simon Shepherd ... Senior
Aaron Swartz ... Senior
Graham Cull ... Knobs
Mark Eadie ... Knobs
Tom Fry ... Knobs
Lee Galpin ... Knobs
Dean Lawrence ... Knobs

Martin Phillips ... Knobs
Joe Searby ... Knobs
Christopher Warrick ... Knobs
Sarah Brackett ... Mrs. Durrell
Mary Ellen Ray ... Mrs. Bear
Helena Stevens ... Librarian
Valerie Colgan ... General's Secretary
Nicola King ... Girlfriend
Sallyanne Law ... Girlfriend

Elizabeth Heery ... Girlfriend (as Elizabeth Morton)

Kim Thomson ... Girlfriend

Sophie Ward ... Girlfriend
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni ... Girlfriend (as Natasha Fraser)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hutton Cobb ... Pearce's Roommate (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Cpl. Beauentine (uncredited)
Peter Stevenson ... Senior (uncredited)

Directed by
Franc Roddam 
Writing credits
Pat Conroy (novel "The Lords of Discipline")

Thomas Pope (screenplay) and
Lloyd Fonvielle (screenplay)

Produced by
Herb Jaffe .... producer
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
Basil Rayburn .... associate producer
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano 
Film Editing by
Michael Ellis 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
John Graysmark 
Art Direction by
Alan Cassie 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr. 
Peter Howitt 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
Makeup Department
Pauline Heys .... makeup artist
Mike Lockey .... hair stylist (as Michael Lockey)
Production Management
Bill Watkins .... production manager: USA
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett Jr. .... third assistant director
Chris Brock .... second assistant director
Michael Green .... second assistant director
Roger H. Lyons .... assistant director
Michael Murray .... assistant director
Timothy Reed .... third assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... third assistant director
Chris Thompson .... third assistant director
Art Department
Lewis Bowen .... scenic artist
Richard M. Cole .... propmaker
George DeTitta Sr. .... set decorator: USA
Dick Frift .... construction manager
Patricia Johnson .... draughtsman
Kevin Phipps .... draughtsman
Graham Sumner .... property master
Sound Department
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer: USA
John Chandler .... boom operator
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
John Ireland .... sound editor
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Guido Reidy .... boom operator
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce White .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ricky Farns .... special effects
Ted Grumbt .... special effects
Garth Inns .... special effects
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Fraser .... grip
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
Brian Martin .... best boy
Ronnie Rampton .... gaffer
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
George Whitear .... still photographer
Casting Department
Esta Charkham .... casting: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Denny .... wardrobe supervisor
Gilda Texter .... costume supervisor: USA
Editorial Department
Gordon Brown .... assistant film editor
Richard Fetterman .... assistant editor
Dennis McTaggart .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Transportation Department
Richard Booz .... transportation
Roy A. Grace .... driver
Frank Mejerski .... transportation coordinator
Graham Ready .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Glen Carwithen .... title designer
Josie Fulford .... continuity
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Sara Keene .... unit publicist
Basil Keys .... location coordinator
Alex Matcham .... assistant accountant
Steve Rhea .... location manager
John Sargent .... production controller
Ron Veto .... crab dolly operator
Julie Adams .... dialect coach (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Author Pat Conroy based the character of Colonel Thomas Berrineau (aka The Bear) in this film on Lieutenant Thomas Courvoisie (aka The Boo), Assistant Commandant of Cadets at The Citadel between 1961 and 1968, whom Conroy named his first novel, "The Boo" (1970) after.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Speaking Parts (1989)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Likable movie but don't expect everything you got in the novel!, 25 September 2005
Author: notelvis2 from United States

I was impressed with how well this movie captured the flavor of time and place. As a viewer I easily felt that it was Charleston, SC in the mid 1960's. The parts were well-cast and convincingly played. I would be comfortable suggesting this movie to others and would not mind seeing it again myself.

Having read Pat Conroy's original novel years ago I found that the characters in the movie looked remarkably like my imagination expected them to. That was another plus.

However......and this is minor......Pat Conroy's novels tend to be sprawling affairs with several plot lines (and the ensuing chaos) running concurrently. They do not condense down into a standard length feature film without editing a good bit of the original novel out. This is the case here......several minor items had to be changed for the movie to cover the fact that one of the major plot elements in the novel were left out entirely.

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