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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 ... 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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Taglines:

One boy. Two worlds. A time to choose.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Frank Maxwell's final feature film. See more »

Goofs

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

Reuven Malter: I thought you weren't allowed to talk to me?
Danny Saunders: The ban has been lifted.
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Connections

Features Thrill of a Romance (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
(uncredited)
Instrumental version
Music by Harold Arlen
The song is playing when Reuven is sitting at the soda counter with his friends
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A great film that has gone unnoticed lately.
4 April 2001 | by judyprivSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that I had heard of and meant to see but didn't until recently. What an excellent film. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and the actors. Take some time and watch this film. A wonderful portrayal of two young men who are very different but turn out to more alike then they could ever imagine.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | German

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chosen See more »

Company Credits

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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