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Robert Cormier (novel)
Keith Gordon (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1988 (USA) See more »
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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Not as great as the book but still an ok blast against conformity... See more (37 total) »


  (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:
Tim Earnheart ... Extra (uncredited)
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
Billy Van Zandt .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Doug Hutchison, who portrayed 16-year-old Obie Jameson, was 27 when the film was made.See more »
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 »
Prelude in C Sharp MinorSee more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not as great as the book but still an ok blast against conformity..., 28 May 1999
Author: chas77 from Los Angeles

Sure this film doesn't compare to the classic Cormier book but, as it is, it's not a bad film about the abuse of power and the evils of conformity. I think the reason why the producers chose to change the ending is because, face it, the book made everything so hideously, slash-your-wrists-depressing (like all of Cormier's other books) that I don't think anyone would want to see it!

Despite the changed ending, director/adapter Keith Gordon manages to make the message clear. While this is a low-budget film with obvious limitations (the school looks like it has a total of 100 students at best), Gordon never lets the film drag and he got good performances from the actors (particularly from John Glover who steals the show as the evil headmaster and Bud "Harold and Maude" Cort in a great cameo as one of the priests). The "80's soundtrack" is impressive, with excellent cuts from Peter Gabriel, Yaz, Kate Bush and more. My rating: 7/10.

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