The Chocolate War
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The independently produced Chocolate War marked actor Keith Gordon's directorial debut. Adapted from the popular novel by Robert Cormier (I Am the Cheese), it functions as a political allegory set in a curricular context, in the same vein as Rene Daalder's Massacre at Central High (1976). In War, Ilan Mitchell-Smith plays Jerry, a new enrollee at the exclusive Catholic prep school St. Trinity. He attempts to fit in by joining the football team, but immediately runs head-first into Brother Leon (John Glover), a ruthless academician striving for a promotion to headmaster, and The Vigils,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"Fans of the book may enjoy this dark story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Seriously underrated and annoyingly overlooked. Gordon delivers a great film in his very first try."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The acting is superb."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Chocolate War is reminiscent of another kind of movie that one wishes could be jump-started again: Angry Young Man films."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
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