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The Chosen (1981)

The Chosen




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The overemphatic acting of Robby Benson was something of an endurance test to certain critics of the 1980s, but even these carpers were impressed by Benson's outstanding performance in The Chosen. Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Benson is Hassidic, while Barry Miller is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of stickball. Rod Steiger costars as Benson's rabbi father, delivering a performance virtually devoid of the mannered stridency that has marred many of his more recent film work. Based on a novel by Chaim Potok, The Chosen has become an annual Hannukah-season TV attraction in many cities; years after its release, the film served as the basis for a short-lived Broadway musical.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Edwin Gordon
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On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
Westchester Films

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Robby Benson
as Danny Saunders
Barry Miller
as Reuven Malter
Maximilian Schell
as Professor David Malt...
Rod Steiger
as Reb Saunders
Hildy Brooks
as Mrs. Saunders
Ron Rifkin
as Baseball coach
Val Avery
as Teacher
Laura Delano
as Party Guest
Carol Levy
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Chosen

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

A dedicated team of faithful adapters created a wonderfully rich movie version of the book in 1981, and the emotion and intellectual depths of the story resonate through the decades.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

A worthy but irretrievably dull homily.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Certainly, this is a gently evocative movie, with its glimpses of a strict and self-contained culture, and its memories of a time gone by.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

An engaging family drama religious film that explores the ideological differences between two teenage Jewish friends.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Based on Potok's book, this well acted fammily drama set in Brooklyn after WWII, centers on the friendship between two Jewish boys who beong to different ideological factions

Full Review… | September 25, 2012

It shouldered its way into the popular consciousness, perhaps with a few concessions and a straining dramatic license, but nonetheless it remains a thoughtful, provocative engagement of legitimate issues relating to Judaism, the ancient, ever evolving rel

Full Review… | July 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Chosen

It is wonderful when a movie truly opens you to a whole new world not only through your eyes but your heart and even your soul as "The Chosen" has done. The script and acting are first class with an ending that allows for more thought provoking discussions. The only negative aspect I perceived is that I believe some scenes could have been drawn out a bit longer so that their emotional impact could be fully felt by the audience. Yet still a brilliant movie even in today's times.

One of my favorite movies with its incites into the creation of empathy in a child and the relation of fathers and sons, while providing a glimpse into a culture and time unknown to most people.

Jamie White

I simply ADORE the book, and was pleased to see this follows the storyline as closely as I'd hoped for. Enjoyed it very much.

Mariana Arevalo

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