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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

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra do Chocolate See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$303,624
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Brother Leon: I'm warning you Archie, if the sale goes down the drain, you and the Vigils go down the drain. We all go down the drain together!
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Connections

Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Gotta Know
Written and Performed by Joan Armatrading
Used with permission of Giftwend Ltd.
Administered by Irving Music (BMI)
Courtesy of A&M Records
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good film, great book
16 May 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

As a movie, THE CHOCOLATE WAR is good, but doesn't do justice to the book. Robert Cormier's 1974 novel ranks with A SEPARATE PEACE and CATCHER IN THE RYE as a landmark in young adult literature. While the film does wimp out on the original ending, it does a great job of conveying the bleak landscape of the adolescent mind and the dreary banality of high school life. Exterior shots are filmed under overcast skies, interior shots in gloomy half-light. Like the tone of the book, the film's atmosphere is stifling, apprehensive, and glum. The actor playing Archie gives a methodical, sociopathic performace. Yes, there is some artyness to the film, but it conveys the complex emotions in actions among the characters. Doesn't seem to have been widely released in theatres and was available on video at one point, this one gets overlooked when the lists of best teen films of the eighties are compiled. A stunning indictment of adolescent cruelty. Worth seeking out.


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