The Lords of Discipline

Overview

Adapted from a long novel by Pat Conroy, the story is shortened to focus on a harrowing account of institutional racism in the 1960s American South. David Keith stars as Will McLean, a senior student at the fictional Carolina Military Institute. When the school admits its first black student, McLean is confidentially charged with making sure that the newcomer's initiation does not get too violent. Yet that is exactly what happens, and McLean becomes alarmed when it seems like someone is out to kill his new ...
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Overview

Adapted from a long novel by Pat Conroy, the story is shortened to focus on a harrowing account of institutional racism in the 1960s American South. David Keith stars as Will McLean, a senior student at the fictional Carolina Military Institute. When the school admits its first black student, McLean is confidentially charged with making sure that the newcomer's initiation does not get too violent. Yet that is exactly what happens, and McLean becomes alarmed when it seems like someone is out to kill his new charge. McLean's own investigation of the matter uncovers an elusive group of sadistic students who will go to any length to control their school.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1983 motion picture effectively depicts racial prejudice and elitism among a clique of cadets at a fictional southern military academy in the 1960s. The film indicts not only the students, but also the parents and administrators who pass on their intolerance and bigotry from one generation to the next. David Keith adeptly portrays Will McClean, who attends Carolina Military Institute only to please his father. At the request of the commandant of cadets, Col. Thomas "Bear" Berrineau (Robert Prosky), McClean becomes a sort of guardian angel for the school's first black student, Tom Pearce (Mark Breland). It is through McClean's eyes that the audience witnesses the intimidation and cruelty of the racist and elitist clique known as "The Ten." Prosky and the rest of the cast perform competently, but script shortcomings diminish the power of the film. For example, the dialogue generally ignores the burgeoning conflict in Vietnam even though Southeast Asia was perhaps the number one topic of conversation in U.S. military academies in that era. In addition, the brutality of The Ten's tactics -- including a bullying episode that results in a suicide -- seem too extreme even for redneck zealots. Nevertheless, the film does succeed as an exposition of injustice and cruelty in American institutions of a bygone era. Viewers who have read the book on which the film is based, Pat Conroy's The Lords of Discipline, may balk at the scriptwriters' truncation and alteration of the plot. They may also object to British director Franc Roddam's selection of Wellington College in Berkshire, England, as the setting for the film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929313617
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,245

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Keith Will, William McClean
Robert Prosky Bear
G.D. Spradlin Gen. Durrell
Barbara Babcock Abigail
Michael Biehn Alexander
Rick Rossovich Pig
John Lavachielli Mark
Mitchell Lichtenstein Tradd
Mark Breland Pearce
Malcom Danare Poteete
Judge Reinhold Macabbee
Katharine Levy Teresa
Ed Bishop Commerce
Sarah Brackett Mrs. Durrell
Norman Chancer TAC Captain
Ellen Chenoweth
Valerie Colgan General's Secretary
Jason Connery MacKinnon
Ronald Fernee TAC Officer
Michael Fitzpatrick TAC Officer
Matt Frewer Senior
William Hope Senior
Michael Horton Bobby Bentley
Peter Hutchinson Senior
Sallyanne Law Girlfriend
Peter Merrill Senior
Dean Miller Gooch
Stuart Milligan McIntyre
Elizabeth Morton Girlfriend
Richard Oldfield TAC Officer
Bill Paxton Gilbreath
Sheridan Earl Russell Senior
Rolf Saxon Rowland
Simon Shepherd Senior
Tony Sibbald TAC Major
Helena Stevens Librarian
Aaron Swartz Senior
Kim Thomson Girlfriend
Ian Tyler Cadet Colonel
Sophie Ward Girlfriend
Greg Webb Braselton
Technical Credits
Franc Roddam Director
Alan Bernard Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Blake Score Composer
Alan Cassie Art Director
Pat Conroy Original Story, Screenwriter
Michael Ellis Editor
Lloyd Fonvielle Screenwriter
John Graysmark Production Designer
Ted Grumbt Special Effects
Pauline Heys Makeup
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Herb Jaffe Producer
Gabriel Katzka Producer
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Murray Asst. Director
Thomas Pope Screenwriter
Basil Rayburn Associate Producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Chic Waterson Camera Operator
Bruce White Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Lords of Discipline
1. Chapter 1 [13:16]
2. Chapter 2 [11:55]
3. Chapter 3 [10:21]
4. Chapter 4 [8:07]
5. Chapter 5 [6:33]
6. Chapter 6 [4:03]
7. Chapter 7 [7:43]
8. Chapter 8 [9:57]
9. Chapter 9 [10:06]
10. Chapter 10 [12:08]
11. Chapter 11 [8:31]
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Disc #1 -- The Lords of Discipline
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