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The Chocolate War (1988)

R  |   |  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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Obie
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Goober
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Emile Janza (as Brent Fraser)
Robert Davenport ...
Brian Cochran
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Lisa
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Brother Jacques
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Carter
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Caroni
Wayne Young ...
Gregory Bailey
Kurt Bloom ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra do Chocolate  »

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$303,624 (USA)
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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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[Archie is on the phone with Janza who has just told Archie about him and a gang beating up Jerry]
Archie Costello: [into the phone] WHAT? Janza, can't you do anything right?
Emile Janza: [into the phone] Hey, you said that the guy should take a hint about what he's up against. So, I thought I give him a brutal ass-kicking to show him that it's not nice to mess around with the Vigils. I asked some kids to assist me with the brawl.
Archie Costello: [into the phone] Who were they? I don't want outsiders involved in this!
Emile Janza: [into the phone] Just some...
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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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Great Movie!
24 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Chocolate War is a movie about a young kid named Jerry and his power struggle with the group at school called the Vigils. They want him to sell the schools annual chocolates but he refuses and from then on the Vigils make his life miserable. I really enjoyed this movie and I thought that Wallace Langham gave a great performance as Archie. He was so mean and cold that you couldn't help hating him and this to me is a sign of a great actor. I think everyone should see this movie and if you already have see it again!


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