The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

Director: Keith Gordon Cast: John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Wally Ward



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, a underground student gang that wields a massive amount of power within the school. The abusive Leon attempts to goad as many students as possible into selling chocolates for the school fundraiser, but Vigil leader Archie (Wally Ward) has Jerry publicly refuse to sell any for ten days, as one of the annual 'hazing' rituals that the Vigils dole out to freshman enrollees. Jerry agrees, which turns him into a rebel hero among his fellow students, but he then extends his refusal beyond the week-and-a-half limit imposed by Archie, which puts him head-to-head with both Leon and the Vigils. However, instead of turning into an underdog story at that point, The Chocolate War remains realistic and cynical.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2007
UPC: 0027616073204
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

Feature commentary by director Keith Gordon; Interview - Director Keith Gordon discusses; The Chocolate War

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Glover Brother Leon
Ilan Mitchell-Smith Jerry
Wally Ward Archie
Doug Hutchison Obie
Adam Baldwin Carter
Brent Fraser Ernie Janza
Bud Cort Brother Jacques
Robert Davenport Brian Cochran
Landon Wine Frank Bolo
Elizabeth Yoffe Jerry's Mother
Robert Munns Brother Eugene
Jenny Wright Lisa

Technical Credits
Keith Gordon Director,Screenwriter
David Ensley Production Designer
Mary Jo Devenney Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Dixon Casting
Elizabeth Anne Kaye Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan D. Krane Co-producer
Simon R. Lewis Co-producer
Melissa Matthies Set Decoration/Design
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Jeff Wishengrad Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Chocolate War
1. Main Titles/The List [:01]
2. Home [6:24]
3. Maintaing Discipline [3:44]
4. Bus Boy [5:32]
5. Not Without Influence [1:53]
6. Goober's Assignment [3:38]
7. Crusade [4:49]
8. The Only "No" [4:01]
9. Get the Picture? [3:55]
10. Ten Days [3:33]
11. Standing His Ground [3:37]
12. Environmental Campaign [4:50]
13. Zero [3:00]
14. Open Defiance [4:35]
15. Playtime Is Over [5:13]
16. Do Or Die [5:42]
17. The Cool Thing To Do [2:54]
18. Deep, Dark Secret [3:05]
19. The Shunning [4:20]
20. Fifty Boxes [6:16]
21. Fair and Square [2:14]
22. Two Marbles [2:57]
23. Playing the Game [3:47]
24. End Titles [4:32]

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The Chocolate War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie and Ian is so hot in this movie. I really enjoyed this movie a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i recommened u read the book first. this is an amazing movie i loved it and jerrys HOT! very good movie u will like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago