Fraternity Row (film)

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Fraternity Row
Fraternity Row FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Thomas J. Tobin
Produced by Charles Gary Allison,
Thomas Joachim,
Thomas Pope
Written by Charles Gary Allison
Starring Peter Fox,
Gregory Harrison,
Angela Aber,
Katie Finnegan,
Scott Newman
Narrated by Cliff Robertson
Music by Michael Corner
Cinematography Peter Gibbons
Edited by Eugene Fournier
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 1977
Running time 105 min
Country United States USA
Language English

Fraternity Row is a 1977 film drama portraying life in a 1950s fraternity at a fictional college.

Plot[edit]

This movie tells the story of one college student and his trials and tribulations as he pledges the Gamma Nu Pi Fraternity at a fictional Eastern school. The film depicts common hazing practices during the era including humiliation, onion eating and severe paddling.

Background[edit]

Originally this film was Charles Gary Allison's thesis while he was a film student at USC. It was then picked up and distributed by Paramount. It is said to have been inspired by the 1959 hazing death of Kappa Sigma pledge Richard Swanson, who died after attempting to swallow a quarter pound piece of raw liver without chewing.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Fraternity Row met with generally positive reviews. However, the movie failed to catch on and did only a very light business at the box office. It has not been released to VHS or DVD.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hazing death investigation is demanded". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 18, 1959. 
  2. ^ Nuwker, Hank (January 29, 2004). The Hazing Reader. Indiana University Press. p. XXVI. ISBN 0253343704. 

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