The Chosen

The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers.

With:
Maximilian Schell Rod Steiger Robby Benson Barry Miller

The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers.

Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as opponents in a baseball game. To Miller, a typical American kid, Benson’s Hassidic upbringing complete with 19th-century attire and long side-curls makes him akin to a creature from outer space.

Yet the relationship grows and Miller is asked to meet with Benson’s legendary father, an orthodox rabbi portrayed by Rod Steiger. In full-bearded Hassidic tradition, Steiger must approve of his son’s non-sect friends.

Director Kagan and writer Gordon do wonders with the poignant material. Despite the obvious ethnic slant this is a picture which communicates universally.

Steiger gives an exceptional performance as the somewhat tyranical but loving patriarch whose primary concern is his son’s welfare. Maximilian Schell provides an interesting contrast as a Jewish intellectual, reacting to the Holocaust and he instills his son with deep moral values.

The Chosen

Production: Landau. Director Jeremy Paul Kagan; Producer Edie Landau, Ely Landau; Screenplay Edwin Gordon; Camera Arthur Ornitz; Editor David Garfield; Music Elmer Bernstein;; Art Director Stuart Wurtzel

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 108 MIN.

With: Maximilian Schell Rod Steiger Robby Benson Barry Miller

More Film

  • Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher'

    Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher' set for Movie Adaptation

    The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers. Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as […]

  • Director Abel Ferrara attends the New

    Italy's Vivo Film to Produce Abel Ferrara's 'Siberia', Other New Films (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers. Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as […]

  • Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First

    Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First Conventional Movie Theater

    The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers. Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as […]

  • 'Gotti' Review

    Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in 'Gotti'

    The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers. Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as […]

  • 'Murder Me, Monster' Review: Mystifying Art-house

    Cannes Film Review: 'Murder Me, Monster'

    The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers. Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as […]

  • A Quiet Place

    China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War'

    The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers. Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as […]

  • Patricia Morison Dead: 'Kiss Me Kate'

    Patricia Morison, Stage Star of 'Kiss Me, Kate', Dies at 103

    The Chosen is a first-rate adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel of friendship between two young Jewish men of widely different religio-cultural upbringings and their individual relationships with strong fathers. Set in the latter years of World War II, the story has the principles, cultural Jew Barry Miller and orthodox Hassidic Jew Robby Benson, meeting as […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content