The Chocolate War (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Chocolate War (1988)




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A young student in a boy's Catholic school refuses to participate in a school fundraiser as a matter of principle, leading to violent confrontations with his classmates and with the merciless, ambitious new principal. This surprisingly dark, nuanced drama is based upon a book by author Robert Cormier.


John Glover
as Brother Leon
Wally Ward
as Archie
Bud Cort
as Brother Jacques
Robert Davenport
as Brian Cochran
Landon Wine
as Frank Bolo
Elizabeth Yoffe
as Jerry's Mother
Robert Munns
as Brother Eugene
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Critic Reviews for The Chocolate War

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Fans of the book may enjoy this dark story.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Chocolate War is reminiscent of another kind of movie that one wishes could be jump-started again: Angry Young Man films.

April 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The story is a classic about grace under pressure and resisting conformity, and it's a noble first effort from a director who has never sold out.

April 21, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Seriously underrated and annoyingly overlooked. Gordon delivers a great film in his very first try.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 4.5/5

The acting is superb.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Chocolate War

I loved this surreal teenage drama, it's deep, and Ilan Mitchell-Smith is really cool in it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I'm glad I decided to watch this movie. It was very entertaining.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

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