The Chocolate War (1988)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Nov 18, 1988 Wide
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 982
The independently produced Chocolate War marked actor Keith Gordon's directorial debut. Adapted from the popular novel by Robert Cormier (I Am the Cheese), it functions as a political allegory set in a curricular context, in the same vein as Rene Daalder's Massacre at Central High (1976). In War, Ilan Mitchell-Smith plays Jerry, a new enrollee at the exclusive Catholic prep school St. Trinity. He attempts to fit in by joining the football team, but immediately runs head-first into Brother Leon
Nov 18, 1988 Wide
Apr 17, 2007
MCEG Virgin Entertainment
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The story is a classic about grace under pressure and resisting conformity, and it's a noble first effort from a director who has never sold out.
The Chocolate War is reminiscent of another kind of movie that one wishes could be jump-started again: Angry Young Man films.
Seriously underrated and annoyingly overlooked. Gordon delivers a great film in his very first try.
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