The Chosen
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Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, this film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Benson is Hassidic, while Barry Miller is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of stickball.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"An engaging family drama religious film that explores the ideological differences between two teenage Jewish friends."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This little-seen movie deserves a wider audience."
‑ , Film4
"A worthy but irretrievably dull homily."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out
"Based on Potok's book, this well acted fammily drama set in Brooklyn after WWII, centers on the friendship between two Jewish boys who beong to different ideological factions"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screendaily
"Based on Chaim Potok's best-selling novel, this film is filled with colorful details of Hassidic lifestyle and has strong performances by Rod Steiger and Maximilian Schell."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It shouldered its way into the popular consciousness, perhaps with a few concessions and a straining dramatic license, but nonetheless it remains a thoughtful, provocative engagement of legitimate issues relating to Judaism, the ancient, ever evolving rel"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
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