The Lords of Discipline (1983) 1080p

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23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
102 min
IMDB Rating:
6.6 / 10 
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Directors: Franc Roddam [Director] ,

Movie Description:
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. —Matthew Stanfield


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is this what The Citadel is really like?

Noting that a good deal of The Lords Of Discipline was filmed in Charleston,South Carolina and the school our characters attend is the Carolina MilitaryInstitute, I was amazed that The Citadel lent itself to this production. Fromwhat I understand it can still be a frightening place. Only in the past decade didthey get around to admitting women.

This story is set in 1964 and this school is now getting around to admitting its first blackcadet. A lot of special interests want to see Mark Breland fail. Te usual hazing a plebe gets is with some real menace. Another one folks aren't fond of is MalcolmDanare and things end tragically for him.

Second in command Robert Prosky asks a favorite cadet upperclassman DavidKeith to keep an eye on Breland. Remember this is 1964 and the civil rightsera is upon us and I think Prosky doesn't want too many Yankee faces lookinginto the school.

That doesn't mean anything for a certain secret elite society among the cadetscalled The Ten. They want to uphold the traditional (read racist) ways and thisbunch would have been proud to serve with Nathan Bedford Forrest.. Michael Biehn heads it currently and he's a piece of work. This was the first of manyroles like this for Biehn. He's a really menacing guy.

Keith and his three roommates Mitchell Lichtenstein, Rick Rossovich, and JohnLachiavelli get targeted. The final confrontation between Keith and commandant G.D. Spradlin is beautifully played.

One more thing. The Commandant of the Citadel in 1964 was Mark Clark andone hopes the American commander of the Italian theater in World War 2 didnot countenance these sort of doings.

The Lords Of Discipline is a fine film telling of times we hope have passed.

Out-Dated Bore

The Lords of Discipline is a slow-moving, dull, boring, and badly acted 1980s film. The characters come off as cartoonish. David Keith is likable enough, and does a fair job considering what he has to deal with. The rest of the cast overplays their parts and none of them come across as real. The Southern accents are terrible, and it's hard to figure if this is a military college or a high school military school. Regardless, everyone in the cast is way to old to be students in either case. The worst scene is when Keith and his room mates kidnap a lawyer and tie him to a railroad track. The whole scene came across like a cartoon and the actor playing the lawyer gave a junior high school acting performance. Forget the Lords of Discipline.

Does not come close to book

The movie is adequate and casting for "The Bear" was perfect. The film lost the eliminate of mystery and intrigue the book had. By showing "The Ten" to early and on campus they stole from the mythology of the fraternity. On the other hand, it is impossible to make a film that lives up to a Conroy novel as their is just too much. If a producer was smart they would hire Pat Conroy to make a TV series out of any one of his novels. I don't mean a mini series, but an actual TV series that would probably need to run three seasons. If Conroy didn't want to write the series than David E. Kelley could possibly do justice to many of Conroy's novels or in the case of the Lords Of Discipline Arron Sorkin could possibly write it. Obviously Pat would be the ideal writer though. Trying to do any Conroy novel in a two or even three hour film is just ridiculous. That's why "The Prince of Tides" was such a bad film. It did not stand a chance of having even the same story line as the novel because the real story could not be covered by a film.
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