The Chosen

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Danny (Robby Benson) and Reuven (Barry Miller) become good friends, even though they are from different branches of Judaism. Danny, a Hasidic Jew, meets Reuven, a Zionist, while playing stickball. Although they have differences, their friendship grows strong. When they reach college, outspoken support by Reuven's professor father (Maximilian Schell) for a national Jewish state causes conflicts with Danny's conservative father (Rod Steiger), leading to tension for the friends.

Cast & Crew

Robby Benson
Danny Saunders
Barry Miller
Reuven Malter
Rod Steiger
Reb Saunders
Maximilian Schell
Professor David Malter
Hildy Brooks
Mrs. Saunders
Ron Rifkin
Baseball coach
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Critic Reviews for The Chosen

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  • The Chosen never came alive for me. I respected what the filmmakers were trying to do, and I admired the ambitious period production, but I never really cared about these people.

    May 8, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Jeremy Paul Kagan's The Chosen is singularly brilliant, an impressive achievement that puts it in the select company of the best films of the year.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • A worthy but irretrievably dull homily.

    February 9, 2006
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5
  • An engaging family drama religious film that explores the ideological differences between two teenage Jewish friends.

    September 27, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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