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The Chocolate War (1988)

R | | Drama | 18 November 1988 (USA)
A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by ... See full summary »

Director:

Keith Gordon

Writers:

Robert Cormier (novel), Keith Gordon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Glover ... Brother Leon
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Jerry Renault
Wallace Langham ... Archie (as Wally Ward)
Doug Hutchison ... Obie
Corey Gunnestad Corey Gunnestad ... Goober
Brent David Fraser ... Emile Janza (as Brent Fraser)
Robert Davenport Robert Davenport ... Brian Cochran
Jenny Wright ... Lisa
Bud Cort ... Brother Jacques
Adam Baldwin ... Carter
Ethan Sandler ... Caroni
Wayne Young Wayne Young ... Gregory Bailey
Kurt Bloom Kurt Bloom ... Impressed Kid on Bus
Wyeth Orestes Johnston Wyeth Orestes Johnston ... Senior 'Environment' Kid
Landon Wine Landon Wine ... Frank Bollo
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A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by selling chocolates. Written by Brooke <soylent@ican.net>

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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, this is not Doug Hutchison's first movie. He stated his film debut was as Sproles in Fresh Horses (1988). See more »

Quotes

Bill Carter: What about Renault?
Archie Costello: Don't worry about Jerry Renault.
Bill Carter: But I do, Archie! The guy's making pansies out of us!
Archie Costello: Trust me. The Renault thing will take care of itself. Before the sale is over, Renault will be wishing with all his heart that he should have sold the chocolates... and the school will be glad that he didn't.
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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Shepherd's Song
(as "Sheperd's Song")
By Scott Cossu
(P) 1986 Windham Hill Productions, Inc.
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The Chocolate War (1988)
12 July 2019 | by fntstcplntSee all my reviews

The Chocolate War (1988)

Directed by Keith Gordon. Starring Ilan Mitchell-Smith, John Glover, Wallace Langham, Doug Hutchinson, Brent Fraser, Corey Gunnestad, Jenny Wright, Adam Baldwin, Bud Cort. (R)

Low-key but absorbing adaptation of Robert Cormier's controversial young adult novel of the same name depicting a secret student society at a Catholic high school and their power plays to manipulate the system and student body. Directorial debut for Keith Gordon is confident but restrained, allowing the story to unfold at a deliberate pace and create a quiet tension that (unfortunately) promises more than it ultimately delivers. The climax alters the book's flawed ending, but doesn't quite work for different reasons: a "happier" wrap-up with a cynical stinger. Mitchell-Smith's blank, listless performance renders the protagonist as an enigma (we never understand exactly why he does the things he does beyond a sleepy-eyed "whaddya got?" Brando attitude), but Glover and Langham (credited here as Wally Ward) both score bulls-eyes as a cruel headmaster and Machiavellian student respectively. Worth watching whether you've read the book or not.

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Language:

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Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,351, 20 November 1988

Gross USA:

$303,624

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$303,624
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