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The Lords Of Discipline (Widescreen)

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The year is 1964 and Carolina Military Institute has admitted, for the first time, a young black man into its freshman class. Will McClean (Keith) is asked to protect him from The Ten - a secret society of cadets dedicated to eliminating from the school those it deems "unfit."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Saw the movie, THEN read the book Aug. 28 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I saw the movie before I read the book. This is a typical adaptation of a long novel. Yes, the novel was better, but the novel was DIFFERENT! A similar situation occurs with The Caine Mutiny as well as The Godfather. Written stories allow you to explore aspects of character and situation that just can't be effectively portrayed in film. In film, you can't have the character's thoughts effectively presented. The film concentrated on the relationship between Will and Pearce, while the book actually had two plots-Will and Pearce and Will and Annie Kate. Instead of comparing book and film, treat each as seperate entities and enjoy them independently. In this case, the movie was enjoyable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Almost had it, but stumbles badly in the stretch June 4 2002
Format:VHS Tape
No movie under six hours could have captured anywhere near the complexity and subplots of Pat Conroy's novel about life in a military academy. For that I was very forgiving about what what cut out, even painfully so. We see no flashbacks of the main characters first three years, there was almost nothing about his passion for basketball, and the love story could have been a movie in itself.
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a disgrace! Nov. 16 2000
By Dan
Format:VHS Tape
The Lords of Discipline one of my favorite books. This movie is the worst portrayal of a novel I have ever seen. The movie left out the most important parts of the book (such as his relationship with Annie Kate). I knew not to expect the movie to be quite as good as the book, but I sincerely feel that I wasted my time in renting this particular movie. I think Pat Conroy would be very displeased if he saw his amazing book converted into a couple of hours worth of nonsense. Even the ending was awful. My two pieces of advice are: 1) If you have read the book, don't ruin your experience by watching the movie. And 2) If you haven't read the book, do so, but don't watch the movie. This movie was an enthusiastic two thumbs down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Could've Been Better Movie July 10 2000
Format:VHS Tape
As is true in lots of cases, the book (of which I only heard the audio version in completion) is better than the movie. Living in South Carolina, I had an intense interest in this story. I have watched the movie about 3 times, and most people probably won't do that. It took multipile viewings in order for me to like this movie. I feel that the screenwriters stole away from author Pat Conroy, by excluding the entire romance between Will McClean, and Annie Kate Gervais. David Keith does make one feel like they know him, with his down-home acting skills, and I thought that was commendable. A good mystery for a one time viewing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book...a not quite so wonderful movie March 30 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie was based on the book of the same name by Pat Conroy, which also happens to be one of my favorite books. Maybe I was setting myself up for disappointment by watching it, but I was still surprised by the large scale hacking used to cut it down to a movie. Somehow, they managed to turn the wonderfully rich character of Will into a paper thin cutout of honor and glory. Where did his grey areas go? Although it has an interesting plot and as well (but not spectacularly) acted, I spent my time wishing they could have done a better job of making this wonderful book into a movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Guess I'm In The Minority... March 5 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Contrary to the other reviews here, I enjoyed this film. David Keith is an excellent actor and gives a very nice performance here. Like many other reviewers, I did read the book and loved it. But I thought the film adaptation took a different course that kept me interested. If you expect an Academy Award winner, this is not for you. But if you are entertained by military dramas (Taps,Officer And A Gentleman, etc.)I would give this a try.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie...if you've never read the book! May 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've read this book enough times to say that the movie is nothing compared to the book. I think that anyone who sees this movie should also read the book because it was so much better. The acting was very good, but complete characters were left out! Complete and important scenes were left out and other scenes were changed around! Sad to say, this movie is a discrace to the book.
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