The Chocolate War

Film

 

Time Out says

Having co-written, co-produced and starred in an outstanding independent film - Mark Romanek's Static - Keith Gordon made his directorial debut with this perfectly controlled study of teen tyranny. Every year the pupils of a strict Catholic boys' school are cajoled into selling boxes of chocolates to raise funds for their ailing alma mater. Morale is all-important, so when quiet new boy Jerry (Mitchell-Smith) refuses to participate, the school's principal, Brother Leon (Glover), uses the Vigils (a sadistic elite who terrorise their fellow pupils by giving them devilishly difficult 'assignments' to perform) to bring the rebel into line. But even when the full force of the Vigils is unleashed against him, Jerry continues to resist. A lovingly crafted and superbly acted attack on what Fassbinder used to call 'quiet fascism', this is smooth and rich, but with a delightfully bitter aftertaste.
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Release details

UK release:

1988

Duration:

103 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Keith Gordon

Cast:

Jenny Wright, Adam Baldwin, Bud Cort, Wally Ward, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, John Glover, Doug Hutchinson

Art Director:

David Ensley

Editor:

Jeff Wishengrad

Cinematography:

Tom Richmond

Screenwriter:

Keith Gordon

Producer:

Jonathan D Krane

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