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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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In the face of intimidation, who is the last one standing? 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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100 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Brother Leon:I'm warning you Archie, if the sale goes down the drain, you and the Vigils go down the drain. We all go down the drain together!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Skaters' WaltzSee more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
In the face of intimidation, who is the last one standing?, 3 March 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

In my book there are about five political films (as of this writing) that I revere as the best that I've ever seen (and though some may argue with my choice, don't forget that I have not seen every political film ever made). One of those five is Kieth Gordon's, The Chocolate War.

Actually, I found myself watching this film when searching out titles starring Ilan Mitchell Smith who portrays Wyatt Donnelly in Weird Science. And, I walked away being a new fan of Keith Gordon-directed films. (For those of you who don't recognize the name, Keith played the lead in John Carpenter's Christine). His talents as a director far exceed his acting abilities. And, for those of you who have enjoyed the Chocolate War, I recommend watching Gordon's film from the early '90s drama, A Midnight Clear, another adaptation.

I never got through the Chocolate War on the first try. It was a little too gloomy for my liking. But after a full viewing on the second try, I came to love this film. It's based on the fantastic Robert Cormier novel of the same title, which was once censored reading for some public schools. It is a nearly word-for-word adaptation, but has a different ending.

Mitchell-Smith portrays Jerry Renault, a student at a private all boy's school. The acting headmaster, played the very excellent John Glover, decides that because the school is running out of money, they will hold a chocolate sale to boost the revenues. Renault doesn't want to participate, for his own reasons. But, he's the only one. And before Renault's influence can spread to the rest of the boys and cost the school their needed profits, the headmaster employs the services of a vindictive and influential secret society at the school known as The Vigils, headed by Archie (Wally Ward). Thus, the test comes down to this: in the face of intimidation, who will break?

Filmed on what looked like the dreariest days in Washington state, this is a very gloomy movie, but nonetheless presents a powerful psychological study of what people will do under pressure when alone or when in groups. I thought everyone in the movie did a fantastic job (and surprise--nearly everyone--except for maybe Adam Baldwin--looked like they were actually high schoolers). Like other commentors have posted, it is not your usual feel good eighties fun fest.

Gordon changes the ending, but does not make it a happy-ending. Instead, the vicious cycle of inhumane power-wielding structures continue to exist, but in hero-less manner different than imagined by Cormier (as it had to be, since Cormier developed a sequel to the book). It is one of the most intelligent political films and well worth watching.

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