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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Drama

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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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Trivia

Frank Maxwell's final feature film. See more »

Goofs

While Danny and Reuvan discuss the Ba'al Shem Tov, he is referred to as "Master of the Good Word." "Shem" is Hebrew for name. The Ba'al Shem Tov's name is "Master of the Good Name" - not Master of the Good Word. 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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Referenced in The Hebrew Hammer (2003) See more »

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Music for a Wedding
Arranged by Kenneth Maltz
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educational yet entertaining
16 July 2003 | by EwanMe271See all my reviews

I watched this film recently in class (intro to Western Religion) when we were learning about the ethics in Judaism. I was late for class, so I missed the beginning. However, the parts I managed to see were excellent. "The Chosen" might be the most entertaining film I've ever been forced to watch.

I felt that the story was engrossing; I actually cared about the characters and their friendship. I also thought that the acting was superb. However, I kept being distracted by the fact that Robby Benson looked like Hayden Christensen. For a film used as an educational tool, I could not have asked for much better. This is a very well made and interesting movie. It will teach you a lot.


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