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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
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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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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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Shepherd's Song
(as "Sheperd's Song")
By Scott Cossu
(P) 1986 Windham Hill Productions, Inc.
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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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