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Writers:
Robert Cormier (novel)
Keith Gordon (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1988 (USA) See more »
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A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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A brilliant film with echoes of Lord of the Flies See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Glover ... Brother Leon

Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Jerry

Wallace Langham ... Archie (as Wally Ward)

Doug Hutchison ... Obie
Corey Gunnestad ... Goober

Brent David Fraser ... Emile Janza (as Brent Fraser)
Robert Davenport ... Brian Cochran

Jenny Wright ... Lisa

Bud Cort ... Brother Jacques

Adam Baldwin ... Carter

Ethan Sandler ... Caroni
Wayne Young ... Gregory Bailey
Kurt Bloom ... Impressed Kid on Bus
Wyeth Orestes Johnston ... Senior 'Environment' Kid
Landon Wine ... Frank Bollo
Matthew Burke ... Porter
Douglas A. Forsyth ... Johnson
Peter Boyack ... McClosky
Sean Hagerty ... Perkins (as Sean K. Hagerty)
Colin Mitchell ... Crane
Max Dixon ... Coach
Rick May ... Doctor
John Sudol ... Priest
Roger Tompkins ... Jerry's Father
Elizabeth Yoffe ... Jerry's Mother

Robert Munns ... Brother Eugene
Jason Hrdlicka ... Young Jerry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John English ... Darryl (uncredited)

Jason McKibbin ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Keith Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Robert Cormier (novel)

Keith Gordon (written by)

Produced by
Ron Diamond .... line producer
Jonathan D. Krane .... producer
Simon R. Lewis .... co-producer
William J. Rouhana Jr. .... executive producer (as William Rouhana)
Susan Sprivak .... associate producer (as Susan I. Spivak)
 
Cinematography by
Tom Richmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Wishengrad 
 
Production Design by
David Ensley 
 
Set Decoration by
Melissa Matthies  (as Melissa Mathies)
 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Kaye 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Knutson .... assistant hair stylist
Robin Knutson .... assistant makeup artist
Omi .... hair stylist
Omi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ron Diamond .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lynn Iffland .... second assistant director
Ginger Montague .... second second assistant director
Elisa Sansalone .... second second assistant director
Michelle Solotar .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kate Allen .... storyboard artist
Charles Armstrong .... construction coordinator
Antoinette A. Ensley .... property mistress (as Antoinette Ensley)
Geoff Harper .... carpenter
Thomas D.G. Johnson .... swing gang
Lachlin Loud .... painter
Jonathan Saturen .... props assistant
Rob 'Rich' Taylor .... painter
 
Sound Department
Sally Aberg .... apprentice sound editor
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Jo Devenney .... sound mixer
Francesca Dodd .... apprentice sound editor
Patrick Dodd .... supervising sound editor
Steve Itano .... boom operator
Mark Levinson .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Murray .... sound effects editor
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Bosworth .... electrician: best boy
Mike Commins .... grip
Jim Hicks .... grip
Mark Lorge .... dolly grip
Shaun Madigan .... gaffer
Matthew Neal McVay .... still photographer
Richard Miller .... first assistant camera (as Rich Miller)
Carl Morgan .... key grip
Ryan Purcell .... grip
Keehn Thomsen .... best boy grip
Peter J. Vogt .... electrician
Bob Webeck .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Rachel Griffin .... special casting
Jeff Williams .... extras casting assistant
Elizabeth Yoffe .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Barnes .... seamstress
Destiny Itano .... assistant costumer
Lynne Elann Morrow .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Anita Fendrich .... color timer
Clara Frame .... apprentice editor
David Frame .... assistant editor
Tim Heyen .... negative cutter
R. Orlando Duenas .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Virginia Bogert .... production coordinator (as Virginia Berta Bogert)
Jim Bouvet .... production assistant
Bradley Cox .... production assistant
Lora Goncharoff .... production assistant
Lynette Goto .... production assistant
Rachel Griffin .... assistant to director
Kelly Johnson .... script supervisor (as Kellie Johnson)
Lynne Elann Morrow .... craft service
Elijah Muied .... security officer
Olivia Nagel .... production auditor
Sally Oien .... production assistant
Michael Perman .... production assistant
Pete Rupert .... production assistant
Cathy Sarkowsky .... production assistant
Wade Smith .... production assistant
Chriss Strauss .... completion bond company representative
 
Thanks
Billy Van Zandt .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Trivia:
Contrary to popular belief, this is not Doug Hutchison's first movie. He stated his film debut was as Sproles in Fresh Horses (1988).See more »
Quotes:
Archie Costello:You've disobeyed the Viglis once already Jerry. This calls for punishment. Now, we the Vigils don't believe in physical violence, but we've found it necessary to have a punishment code. The punishment is usually worse then the assignment. We can make your life sad. But we're letting you off easy Jerry. Tomorrow, we're simply asking you to sell the chocolates.
Bill Carter:We're not asking Archie, we're telling!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant film with echoes of Lord of the Flies, 18 July 2011
Author: davros303 from Australia

My perspective on this film is likely to be unique, in that I've never read the book. The critical reception and most user reviews widely criticize Keith Gordon's re-writing of the book's ending and this was ultimately reflected in its shocking performance at the box office. If you've never read the book, you can effectively ignore all criticism, because The Chocolate War is arguably one of the finest films to explore the dark underbelly of teenage cruelty, manipulation and the childhood induction of the mob mentality and a superb directorial debut for Keith.

John Glover's performance as the twisted and politically carnivorous Brother Leon is stunning and easily his best work. With echoes of Lord of the Flies, The Chocolate War explores the outer reaches of cruelty, fear and control exercised by the two antagonistic forces of the student led secret society The Vigils, and the school's acting school head - Brother Leon. Anyone who has ever been bullied or coerced to side with bullies out of the necessity for self-preservation will find a string of painful moments to relate to in this film.

The soundtrack is a masterpiece of emotion. The intro to Peter Gabriel's "We Do What We're Told" is used as a recurring musical theme providing an atmospheric backdrop to the web of cruelty and manipulation that unfolds for Jerry the protagonist. But the revelation is the haunting piano of "Shepherd's Song" by Scott Cossu, which holds the space for Jerry's introspection, his loss and the tragedy of his situation.

Yes, there are some elements lacking in this film - namely the performance of the hero (Jerry) played by Ilan Mitchell-Smith and some of the dated directorial techniques adopted by Keith Gordon for the flashback sequences and other scenes. However the strength of the story, soundtrack and performances from John Glover and Wallace Langham tower above the film's shortcomings. Keep in mind this was Gordon's feature film directorial debut.

I'm not going to comment on the ending, other than to say it works perfectly for the narrative of this film and is in no way disappointing. To the contrary, it still moves me to tears despite more than half a dozen viewings of this film over the years.

The Chocolate War is difficult to find but absolutely essential viewing.

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