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The Chocolate War (1988)

 -  Drama  -  18 November 1988 (USA)
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A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by ... See full summary »

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Brother Leon
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Archie (as Wally Ward)
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Emile Janza (as Brent Fraser)
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Brian Cochran
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Lisa
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Brother Jacques
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Carter
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Gregory Bailey
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Frank Bollo
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A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by selling chocolates. Written by Brooke <soylent@ican.net>

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The film had a paltry music budget of about $15,000. Most of the artists featured on the soundtrack allowed the filmmakers to use their songs at bargain basement prices. David Bowie, however, asked for $100,000 to utilize his song "Heroes" during the final scene and credits, so Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" was substituted. See more »

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Bill Carter: All right, Archie. As head assigner, you're the brains of this outfit and you also got us into this mess. Where do we go from here?
Archie Costello: [addressing the Vigils] Guys, you're all pushing the panic button for nothing. First of all, you can't go around beating up half the kids in the school that call us names. The brothers would shut us down in no time and people would really start sabatoging us if we started hurting people as a way of keeping everyone in line. That is why I like to lay off the ...
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Italian Concerto
Second Movement, Andante
By Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Arranged by Uri Burstein
Courtesy of Rhona Nici
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characters and setting not very well defined
10 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The annual fund raiser at a parochial boy's school becomes a battleground between integrity and peer pressure when a lone freshman defies authority by refusing to join the mandatory chocolate sale, calling down the wrath of both his megalomaniac headmaster and an omnipotent secret society of upperclassmen. Disregarding the techno-pop sound track the best that can be said about this murky allegorical drama is that it makes a sincere attempt to avoid standard teen movie clichés. But whatever message it might have had is camouflaged by the trendy, self-conscious photography (fancy POV camera moves, slow motion flashbacks) and a lack of definition to the campus background. The characters, as a result, all seem to be moving in a vacuum, which makes for a curiously uninvolving film.


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