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The Chosen

The Chosen (1981)

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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

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Sep 2, 2003

Westchester Films

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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.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A worthy but irretrievably dull homily.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An engaging family drama religious film that explores the ideological differences between two teenage Jewish friends.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Screendaily
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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

July 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
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This little-seen movie deserves a wider audience.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Based on Chaim Potok's best-selling novel, this film is filled with colorful details of Hassidic lifestyle and has strong performances by Rod Steiger and Maximilian Schell.

January 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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