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      The Chocolate War

      R Released Nov 18, 1988 1 hr. 40 min. Drama List
      85% 13 Reviews Tomatometer 67% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Jerry (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), a new student at an elite Roman Catholic prep school, must face the freshman hazing practices handed down by the Vigils, a group of powerful students. When teacher Brother Leon (John Glover) pushes the students to sell chocolates for a fundraiser, the head of the Vigils, Archie (Wally Ward), gets Jerry to reject selling for 10 days. However, Jerry decides to keep up the refusal past the original time frame, which pits him against the Vigils and the school staff. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 17 Buy Now

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      Angel F Great movie, great cast and great soundtrack Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/30/23 Full Review s r An oddity in teen movies that focused on private schools. This one had some interesting aspects, but it imploded as it tried to bite off too much. Saw it on TCM. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I've seen better acting on tiktok. The characters were accurate? It would be impossible to understand without knowing what happens in the book. Also Archies character is Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Had a lot of potential to be good. I think Robert Cormier sucks. The only good parts are with the Vigils and Brother Leon. Nobody really cares about Renault. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Puts me at war with how good the movie was. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Joel Siegel Chicago Reader The film is especially insightful about the way power structures–social, religious, political–reinforce one another, despite conflicting values and goals, to squelch individualism. Rated: 3/4 May 11, 2022 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Fans of the book may enjoy this dark story. Rated: 4/5 Dec 28, 2010 Full Review Jeremiah Kipp Slant Magazine The Chocolate War is reminiscent of another kind of movie that one wishes could be jump-started again: Angry Young Man films. Rated: 3/4 Apr 15, 2007 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Keith Gordon's direction is unhurried and understated, and the film is all the stronger because of it. Rated: 3/4 Oct 1, 2022 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault 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. Rated: A- Apr 21, 2007 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 3/5 Oct 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Jerry (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), a new student at an elite Roman Catholic prep school, must face the freshman hazing practices handed down by the Vigils, a group of powerful students. When teacher Brother Leon (John Glover) pushes the students to sell chocolates for a fundraiser, the head of the Vigils, Archie (Wally Ward), gets Jerry to reject selling for 10 days. However, Jerry decides to keep up the refusal past the original time frame, which pits him against the Vigils and the school staff.
      Director
      Keith Gordon
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Management Company Entertainment Group
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 18, 1988, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 30, 2018
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