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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)
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
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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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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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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Written and Performed by Kate Bush
Used with permission of Kate Bush Music Ltd.
Courtesy of EMI-Manhattan, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Special Markets Division
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good film, great book
16 May 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

As a movie, THE CHOCOLATE WAR is good, but doesn't do justice to the book. Robert Cormier's 1974 novel ranks with A SEPARATE PEACE and CATCHER IN THE RYE as a landmark in young adult literature. While the film does wimp out on the original ending, it does a great job of conveying the bleak landscape of the adolescent mind and the dreary banality of high school life. Exterior shots are filmed under overcast skies, interior shots in gloomy half-light. Like the tone of the book, the film's atmosphere is stifling, apprehensive, and glum. The actor playing Archie gives a methodical, sociopathic performace. Yes, there is some artyness to the film, but it conveys the complex emotions in actions among the characters. Doesn't seem to have been widely released in theatres and was available on video at one point, this one gets overlooked when the lists of best teen films of the eighties are compiled. A stunning indictment of adolescent cruelty. Worth seeking out.


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