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The Lords Of Discipline (Widescreen)
A SENIOR CADET EXPOSES A SECRET SOCIETY WITH A TRADITION OF RACISM AT HIS MILITARY SCHOOL IN THE 1960S SOUTH.
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But things had to go, and rather than treat them badly, I have no resentment for what they left out. The movie does concentrate on some important things however, and for awhile, does it well. We see the often cruel treatment upperclassmen give underclassmen, and can see the reasoning why this seems to be necessary. It is the overriding theme of the book, and shows the givers and takers of the harrassment very well.
It also does tackle one of the important subplots, which is the treatment of the first black recruit to the academy. The way the recruit was treated is shown in all of it's frightening detail. David Keith, as the assigned mentor to the recruit, does his job perfectly here by not showing too much sympathy.
But then it all crashes down by trying to come up with a clean, Hollywood, more upbeat ending. The worst sin is the handling of the Pignatello character to make it much less tragic. To leave out what happens after the court martial is to take away one of the dramatic points of the story. With that said, the ending was also much too neat. The way it is handled fails to illustrate the parallel love-hate relationship the main character has with the academy.
This was far too personal a story to be glossed over like this, and I wish Pat Conroy had had more pull to get it done right. He should have chosen the Larry McMurtry route and got the story filmed as a mini-series.
GOD BLESS ALL WHO READ!
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This movie is okay to watch, but it is an extremely watered down version of the book. There is so much detail that is lost in its adaptation to the screen. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2013 by landryh
While I admit that no movie adaptation has ever lived up to the novel it was based on, this movie fails worse than normal. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2002
Whole secens and charters that made the book good were left out, very common with movies molded after books, but the movie didnt even come close to giving the book credit for how... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 1999 by Jeff
Although a fine movie, the movie version of The Lord of Discipline fails to capture the full picture of a cadets life at the Citadel. I beleive that in his heart, Mr. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 1999
I have seen this movie about 6 times and have read the book a million times and I know good enough to see that this could have been a even greater movie. Read morePublished on May 4 1999