The Chocolate War (1988)



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A young student in a boy's Catholic school refuses to participate in a school fundraiser as a matter of principle, leading to violent confrontations with his classmates and with the merciless, ambitious new principal. This surprisingly dark, nuanced drama is based upon a book by author Robert Cormier.


Critic Reviews for The Chocolate War

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Fans of the book may enjoy this dark story.

Dec 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 21, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Chocolate War is reminiscent of another kind of movie that one wishes could be jump-started again: Angry Young Man films.

Apr 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Seriously underrated and annoyingly overlooked. Gordon delivers a great film in his very first try.

Jul 26, 2002 | Rating: 4.5/5

The acting is superb.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Chocolate War

I loved this surreal teenage drama, it's deep, and Ilan Mitchell-Smith is really cool in it.

Aj V
Aj V

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I'm glad I decided to watch this movie. It was very entertaining.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

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