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The Lords of Discipline (1983)

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In 1960s America, a black cadet is allowed acceptance into a seemingly prestigious military academy, unleashing a barrage of corruption within the system that another cadet is willing to expose.

Director:

Franc Roddam

Writers:

Pat Conroy (novel), Thomas Pope (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Keith ... Will McLean
Robert Prosky ... Col. 'Bear' Berrineau
G.D. Spradlin ... Gen. Bentley Durrell
Barbara Babcock ... Abigail St. Croix
Michael Biehn ... John Alexander
Rick Rossovich ... Dante `Pig` Pignetti
John Lavachielli ... Mark Santoro
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Tradd St. Croix
Mark Breland ... Tom Pearce
Malcolm Danare ... Poteete
Judge Reinhold ... Macabbee
Greg Webb ... Braselton
Bill Paxton ... Gilbreath (as 'Wild' Bill Paxton)
Dean R. Miller Dean R. Miller ... Gooch (as Dean Miller)
Ed Bishop ... Commerce St. Croix
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Storyline

Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism. The racists come in the form of The Ten, a secret group of the elite students. They want Pearce to leave on his own free will, but are prepared to torture him to make it 'his free will'. Will is forced to help Pearce and he is prepared to risk his own career to do so. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Starring DAVID KEITH. The rebel from "An Officer And A Gentleman". See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lords of Discipline See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,011,932, 21 February 1983

Gross USA:

$11,787,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,787,127
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Author Pat Conroy based the character of Colonel Thomas Berrineau (aka The Bear) in this film on Lieutenant Thomas Courvoisie (aka The Boo), Assistant Commandant of Cadets at The Citadel between 1961 and 1968, whom Conroy named his first novel, "The Boo" (1970) after. See more »

Goofs

When Poteete falls and hits the pavement, Will is shown looking away from one angle, then looking forward toward the body when the angle changes. See more »

Quotes

Gilbreath: Do you know what this is, boy?
[Holds up a coin]
Gilbreath: Pop off!
Poteete: It's a quarter, sir.
Gilbreath: Shut up! Open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
[Poteete sticks out his tongue and Gilbreath places the coin on it]
Gilbreath: Swallow it!
[Gilbreath grabs Poteete's throatt, forcing him to swallow the coin]
Gilbreath: That's good boy, that's reeeal good. You're gonna be my little piggy-bank.
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Crazy Credits

Bill Paxton is referred to in the closing credits as "Wild" Bill Paxton. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Facts of Life: Small But Dangerous (1983) See more »

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Bland adaptation of the Conroy novel about misconduct in a military academy
13 May 1999 | by Pilgrim-5See all my reviews

If there were no Pat Conroy novel to compare this film to, the movie might fare better. Gone is the "love interest" (major) and added is a much more upbeat ending. Conroy's novels tend toward cynicism and this one is no different. Keith and Prosky do a good job of creating two of the main characters. There is some suspense toward the end, but too much is communicated too fast to be believable. Location shots are impressive (England!) and the pacing is right. The music (Howard Blake) is weak. One would like to have seen this film directed by Sam Peckinpah or Martin Scorsese.


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