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The Chosen (1981)

PG | | Drama | 30 April 1982 (USA)
In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction.

Director:

Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

Writers:

Chaim Potok (novel), Edwin Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Professor David Malter
Rod Steiger ... Reb Saunders
Robby Benson ... Danny Saunders
Barry Miller ... Reuven Malter
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Mrs. Saunders
Kaethe Fine Kaethe Fine ... Shaindel Saunders
Ron Rifkin ... Baseball Coach
Robert John Burke ... Levi Saunders (as Robert Burke)
Lonny Price ... Davey
Evan Handler ... Sidney Goldberg
Douglas Warhit Douglas Warhit ... Sam
Jeffrey Marcus ... Schwartzi (as Jeff Marcus)
Stuart Charno ... 1st Baseman
Richard Lifschutz Richard Lifschutz ... Hassidic Coach
Clement Fowler Clement Fowler ... Doctor
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Brooklyn 1944. Despite being the same age, having grown up within blocks of each other, and both being Jewish, late teens Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter don't really know each other - knowing each other only by name and by sight - as Orthodox Danny stays largely within his own Hasidic community, which is just fine in Reuven's mind. An incident between the two which on the surface threatens to tear them even further apart instead blossoms into a friendship between the two. They begin to learn more and more about the other and their lives, which for Danny includes becoming a rabbi, solely as it is a several generations old family calling. In Reb Saunders' mind, he who rules his family by strict Hasidic traditions, Danny becoming the next rabbi in the family is not even a question, despite Danny, deep in his heart, wanting other secular pursuits which he has not told his father. Conversely, Reuven has modern sensibilities, being raised in a two-person household by his widowed academic ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | German

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Escolhidos See more »

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Production Co:

Chosen Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Frank Maxwell's final feature film. See more »

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In the scene where Danny and Reuven tangle with the three street bullies, a modern (i.e., not 1940's) commercial bus passes in the cross street in the background. See more »

Quotes

Reb Saunders: A heart I need for a son. A soul I need for a son. Compassion and mercy I need from a son. And strength to carry pain I need from a son... self-pride, feeling of superiority, indifference, began to fade away. He learned through the wisdom and the pain of silence that a mind without a heart is nothing... My Daniel is a tzadik. And the world needs a righteous man.
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References Captain Blood (1935) See more »

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Good movie for non-Jews to get a taste of Chassidic life
28 February 2006 | by dorothythetwisterSee all my reviews

As an insider to the Chassidic world (the very religious Jews portrayed in this movie) I would have to say, it is not always accurate. But if you are curious about the general idea of the orthodox lifestyle, this will give you a place to start. I guess my biggest problem (besides inflating the "romance" from the book into something that would NEVER happen in an Orthodox home) is in the details shown of Jewish life. Does ANYONE see the Mezuzot they are only sometimes touching as they pass through doorways? Danny actually Hugged his mother in front of an outsider! The poor sister being actually touched by a boy (a HUGE unreality), all these things show a life not actually lived by Chassidic Jews.

Another thing to consider-in the book, Danny is finding himself. In the movie, he is rebelling. Why does this need to be? As he told his Father (at least in the book) that he would keep the Commandments, it does not seem to be this way in the movie, with him kissing girls and running out to the movies. Oi Vey!

The acting is OK, the screenplay (if you've never read the book) is OK, the directing is dreadful, and the general quality of the movie was merely passable. But, you should probably still see this movie, but then go watch "A Life Apart" a documentary of Chassidic Jews in America to get the non-Hollywood version of their lives.


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