Chosen

The Chosen

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Director: Jeremy Kagan

Cast: Jeremy Kagan, Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger, Robby Benson

     
 

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The overemphatic acting of Robby Benson was something of an endurance test to certain critics of the 1980s, but even these carpers were impressed by Benson's outstanding performance in The Chosen. Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Benson is Hassidic, while Barry Miller is a Zionist

Overview

The overemphatic acting of Robby Benson was something of an endurance test to certain critics of the 1980s, but even these carpers were impressed by Benson's outstanding performance in The Chosen. Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the 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. Rod Steiger costars as Benson's rabbi father, delivering a performance virtually devoid of the mannered stridency that has marred many of his more recent film work. Based on a novel by Chaim Potok, The Chosen has become an annual Hannukah-season TV attraction in many cities; years after its release, the film served as the basis for a short-lived Broadway musical.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0024543086833
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maximilian Schell David Malter
Rod Steiger Reb Saunders
Robby Benson Danny Saunders
Barry Miller Reuven Malter
Hildy Brooks Mrs. Saunders
Ron Rifkin Baseball coach
Val Avery Teacher
Laura Delano Party Guest
Carol Levy Party Guest

Technical Credits
Jeremy Kagan Director
Jonathan Bernstein Executive Producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
David Garfield Editor
Edwin Gordon Screenwriter
Richard A. Harris Editor
Mel Howard Associate Producer
Edie Landau Producer
Ely Landau Producer
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
1. Main Titles
2. Danny Saunders
3. In the Hospital
4. Back Home
5. Total Recall
6. Going to the Library
7. Danny's Father
8. Trouble on the Street
9. Reuven's Father
10. Meeting With Reb Saunders
11. Hirsch College
12. War Crimes
13. Staying With Friends
14. Back to the World
15. Forbidden Friendship
16. A Stroke
17. A Death in Israel
18. Reb Saunders Speaks
19. A New Man
20. End Titles
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles
2. Danny Saunders
3. In the Hospital
4. Back Home
5. Total Recall
6. Going to the Library
7. Danny's Father
8. Trouble on the Street
9. Reuven's Father
10. Meeting With Reb Saunders
11. Hirsch College
12. War Crimes
13. Staying With Friends
14. Back to the World
15. Forbidden Friendship
16. A Stroke
17. A Death in Israel
18. Reb Saunders Speaks
19. A New Man
20. End Titles

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The Chosen 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie on vhs before the dvd came out as a friend reccommended it to me. It was well acted and you learned how different orothodox and reform judiasm is. In the movie the view also sees the struggles between two friends and father and son. Excellent movie. It was also based on a book as well.
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