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Release Date:
18 February 1983 (USA) 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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Okay movie has little regard for its characters 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)

Sam Douglas ... Officer (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
Denis Fraser .... grip (as Dennis Fraser)
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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102 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Filming took place in London, and Bill Paxton met his future (and second) wife Louise Newbury on a #37 bus there.See more »
Anachronisms: 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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Okay movie has little regard for its characters, 9 August 2002
Author: Boyo-2

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.

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