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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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2 nominations See more »
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(8 articles)
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This ain't "Ferris Bueller" 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)
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Doug Hutchison, who portrayed 16-year-old Obie Jameson, was 27 when the film was made.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:
Italian ConcertoSee more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
This ain't "Ferris Bueller", 1 August 2000
Author: deejay_bill from Tennessee

Dark, strange, slightly amateurish yet oddly compelling, "The Chocolate War" is an excellent antidote to the happy-go-lucky teen films made popular by John Hughes in the 1980's. Based on the popular book by Robert Cormier, the story concerns Jerry Renault (Ilan Mitchell-Smith, "Weird Science"), a bright but sad young man coping with his mother's untimely death (which has also turned his father cold and distant). Jerry is a student a prep school known as Trinity, where he clashes with a sadistic "secret fraternity" known as the Vigils and the oh-so-slightly-mad acting headmaster Brother Leon (played to perfection by John Glover). At first by order of the Vigils, and then on his own, Jerry refuses to participate in the annual fund-raising chocolate sale, which not only angers Brother Leon but also causes an assortment of other problems. Yes, this is a rather simplistic summary, but going into great detail will not only take a lot of time but will also spoil the viewing experience.

"The Chocolate War" is the directorial debut of actor Keith Gordon ("Christine," "Back to School"), who also wrote the screenplay. The film is a fairly faithful adaptation of Cormier's novel, but the ending is changed significantly. Fans of the book argue that Gordon's ending for the film is too "tidy" or "happy," but in it's own way the film ends on a rather despairing note, with no easy answers or solutions.

Obviously filmed on a shoestring budget, "The Chocolate War" still boasts wonderful performances by its young cast. Mitchell-Smith is quite good as Jerry Renault, as well as the previously mentioned John Glover. Wally Ward (better known today as Wallace Langham of "Veronica's Closet") is very good as the Vigils' evil "assigner" Archie, and Bud Cort ("Harold and Maude") has a funny cameo as another teacher. Sometimes the pacing is slow, and sometimes the director attempts to be a little too "artistic" in his style; the film also suffers from a soundtrack that was dated even when the movie was made (the music comes from such new-wave dinosaurs as Yaz and Kate Bush). But "The Chocolate War" is a very thoughtful, well acted, compelling piece of work, and that is a cinematic rarity. Barely seen at the time of release and sometimes hard to find in video stores, "The Chocolate War" is well worth watching...and also well worth reading.

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