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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.

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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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Based upon the novel by Pat Conroy. 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:

Guardianes del honor 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:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The Bear" wears the blue and white "ying and yang" of the 29th Infantry Division on his right shoulder which, by U.S. Army tradition, he is entitled to do if he served with that unit in combat. See more »

Goofs

As Will is sneaking out of the campus to go spy on The Ten, a modern streetside mailbox is shown. See more »

Quotes

Dante 'Pig' Pignetti: It's always 'fuck, shit, piss' all the time around here, I mean, if she could hear it, it would embarass her.
[looks at a picture of his girlfriend]
Will: But Pig, this is a photograph.
Dante 'Pig' Pignetti: I know that!
Will: It can't see, smell, hear, taste. Right? Mark... Now Mr. Santoro, if you please, adress a few obscene remarks to this totally inatimate photograph.
Mark: Jesus, would you look at the tits on that bitch!
Will: Pig, how we doin'?
[Pig is trying to control himself]
Will: Tradd?
Tradd: My, would I dearly love to play a little 'hide the...
[...]
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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 Speaking Parts (1989) 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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