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The Lords of Discipline (1983)

The Lords of Discipline




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Movie Info

Based on the autobiographical Pat Conroy novel, this military-school drama, set in the mid-1960s, stars David Keith as a senior assigned to protect the institution's first black student (Mark Breland) from harassment.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Pope, Lloyd Fonvielle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2006
Paramount Pictures


David Keith
as Will McLean
Robert Prosky
as Col. 'Bear' Berrinea...
G.D. Spradlin
as Gen. Bentley Durrell
Barbara Babcock
as Abigail St. Croix
Michael Biehn
as Alexander
Greg Webb
as Braselton
Bill Paxton
as Gilbreath
Ed Bishop
as Commerce
Jason Connery
as MacKinnon
Rolf Saxon
as Rowland
Ian Tyler
as Cadet Colonel
Tony Sibbald
as TAC Major
Norman Chancer
as TAC Captain
Ronald Fernee
as TAC Officer
Richard Oldfield
as TAC Officer
Sarah Brackett
as Mrs. Durrell
Mary-Ellen Ray
as Mrs. Bear
Helena Stevens
as Librarian
Valerie Colgan
as General's Secretary
Tom Fry
as Knob
Nicola King
as Girlfriend
Sallyanne Law
as Girlfriend
Elizabeth Morton
as Girlfriend
Kim Thomson
as Girlfriend
Sophie Ward
as Girlfriend
Natasha Fraser
as Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for The Lords of Discipline

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

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

Full Review… | March 20, 2006

A riveting drama.

Full Review… | August 31, 2005

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

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Pat Conroy's masterpiece about racism & class elitism at a Southern military academy set during the 1960's. I watched the crap out of this film on HBO back in the early to mid 80's. David Keith deserved the Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of Will McClean but I believe that Robert Duvall sewed it up that year for Tender Mercies. The perfect companion film to Conroy's The Great Santini.

Curtis Reynolds

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