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The Chocolate War (1988)

R | | Drama | 18 November 1988 (USA)
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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Obie
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Goober
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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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Caroni
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Gregory Bailey
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Impressed Kid on Bus
Wyeth Orestes Johnston ...
Senior 'Environment' Kid
Landon Wine ...
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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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

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A Guerra do Chocolate  »

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$303,624 (USA)
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Both Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Jerry Renault) and John Glover (Brother Leon) later starred in Superman prequel television series: Mitchell-Smith played Andy McAlister in Superboy (1988) while Glover played Lionel Luthor in Smallville (2001). See more »

Quotes

Archie Costello: [firm and serious tone] All right, Renault! Playtime's over. Tell us... why aren't you selling any chocolates?
Jerry: [stammering as usual] B-because... I-I don't want to.
Archie Costello: [scoffs] You don't want to? Hey, Obie!
Obie: [annoyed] What?
Archie Costello: Did you not want to come to school today?
Obie: Hell no.
Archie Costello: But you came here anyway, didn't you?
Obie: Hell yes!
Archie Costello: [to Jerry] There, you see Renault? We all have to do things that we don't want to do.
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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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In My Room
Performed by Yazoo (as Yaz)
Written by Vince Clarke
Used with permission of Stainless Music (BMI) on behalf of Sonet Records and Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Sire Records / Mute Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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