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The Lords of Discipline (1983)

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In 1960s America, a black cadet is allowed acceptance into a seemingly prestigious military academy, unleashing a barrage of corruption within the system that another cadet is willing to expose.

Director:

Franc Roddam

Writers:

Pat Conroy (novel), Thomas Pope (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Keith ... Will McLean
Robert Prosky ... Col. 'Bear' Berrineau
G.D. Spradlin ... Gen. Bentley Durrell
Barbara Babcock ... Abigail St. Croix
Michael Biehn ... John Alexander
Rick Rossovich ... Dante `Pig` Pignetti
John Lavachielli ... Mark Santoro
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Tradd St. Croix
Mark Breland ... Tom Pearce
Malcolm Danare ... Poteete
Judge Reinhold ... Macabbee
Greg Webb ... Braselton
Bill Paxton ... Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Dean R. Miller Dean R. Miller ... Gooch (as Dean Miller)
Ed Bishop ... Commerce St. Croix
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Storyline

Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism. The racists come in the form of The Ten, a secret group of the elite students. They want Pearce to leave on his own free will, but are prepared to torture him to make it 'his free will'. Will is forced to help Pearce and he is prepared to risk his own career to do so. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

The system bred terror and brutality - And one man with the guts to fight back. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guardianes del honor See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,011,932, 18 February 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,787,127
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was set in the same year (1964) that director Franc Roddam's previous film Quadrophenia (1979) was. See more »

Goofs

As Will is sneaking out of the campus to go spy on The Ten, a modern streetside mailbox is shown. See more »

Quotes

Gilbreath: Do you know what this is, boy?
[Holds up a coin]
Gilbreath: Pop off!
Poteete: It's a quarter, sir.
Gilbreath: Shut up! Open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
[Poteete sticks out his tongue and Gilbreath places the coin on it]
Gilbreath: Swallow it!
[Gilbreath grabs Poteete's throatt, forcing him to swallow the coin]
Gilbreath: That's good boy, that's reeeal good. You're gonna be my little piggy-bank.
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Crazy Credits

Bill Paxton is referred to in the closing credits as "Wild" Bill Paxton. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Future Tense (1990) See more »

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It's all about the HONOR...
29 August 2004 | by CDRDerekSee all my reviews

The armed services of the U.S. have spent years trying to define and instill the core values that they wish the Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman to possess. The military realizes that not many people have learned those core values from their home life. Induction into the service is a metamorphosis into a new life and it involves making over the former civilian into the servicemember -- body and mind. In this excellent fictional movie, the Commandant and his "Ten" lost track of the distinction between pride in their accomplishments and...elitism. Will and The Bear had honor. Will's moral courage exemplified the core values that the military strives to teach its members today.


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