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The Chocolate War

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Tom’s Recommended Film of the Week



The Chocolate War

A fascinating, almost surreal film about a freshmen’s experience at a Catholic Boys School, The Chocolate War has more depth than many coming of age stories. Based on a controversial novel of the same name by Robert Cormier, the script offers a birds eye view of the exaggerated pier pressures brought to bear on one young man as he works through a tragic loss in his life.

The supporting characters of unrestrained authority are exquisitely brought to life by John Glover and Wallace Langham, while the conversion from novel to script by writer-director Keith Gordon adds a twisted sense of push and pull to the motives and interactions of all involved, even with it’s altered ending.

Grab a box of chocolates, get comfortable and enjoy Ian Mitchell-Smith’s portrayal of Jerry Renault’s lone stand against all that is bad in the world.

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