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The Lords of Discipline

The Lords of Discipline (1983)

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Release Date: Feb 18, 1983 Wide

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Adapted from a long novel by Pat Conroy, the story is shortened to focus on a harrowing account of institutional racism in the 1960s American South. David Keith stars as Will McLean, a senior student at the fictional Carolina Military Institute. When the school admits its first black student, McLean is confidentially charged with making sure that the newcomer's initiation does not get too violent. Yet that is exactly what happens, and McLean becomes alarmed when it seems like someone is out to

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Feb 28, 2006

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To get to the fine moments, we must wade through some sloppy melodrama, clunky characterizations, and a hackneyed, clumsy final act.

March 20, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

A riveting drama.

August 31, 2005 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

Offers a hard look at the military mystique of honor, loyalty and discipline.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

a fairly effective thriller, although it sometimes feels a bit mean-spirited and sadistic

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for The Lords of Discipline

I love these old 80's flicks with these awesome cast rosters :) of course at the time most were virtually unknown, Biehn, Paxton, Judge Reinhold, William Hope, Rossovich, Prosky and David Keith all perform well to make this novel adaptation very enjoyable to watch.

Filmed in the UK at Wellington College set as a Military Institute, the story is a strong, harsh and almost bleak look at a school for cadets rising up against the first black young man to join their ranks. Probably quite true to life back in the 60's US and alittle uncomfortable at times watching with allot of strong verbal, its not particularly violent or nasty to watch its emotionally solid, shows how a moral code can be abused or even corrupted and makes you think..which is good.

The location is perfect for the film and really feels like a US camp, along side the young cast and stoic older actors to guide them the film is simple yet high quality despite not being anywhere near as good or hard as the original book, worth alook for sure.
June 30, 2011
phubbs1

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Set in the early 60's, four white kids stand up against racism at a southern military academy once the first black is admitted. Not bad.
June 18, 2011
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