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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
What about Renault?
Don't worry about Jerry Renault.
But I do, Archie! The guy's making pansies out of us!
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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(as "Sheperd's Song")
By Scott Cossu
(P) 1986 Windham Hill Productions, Inc. See more »
The Chocolate War (1988)
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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