The Chosen (film)

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The Chosen
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
Starring Maximilian Schell
Release dates April 30, 1982
Running time 108 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Chosen is a 1981 drama film directed by Jeremy Kagan, based on the bestselling book of the same name by Chaim Potok published in 1967. It stars Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger. It won three awards at the 1981 Montréal World Film Festival.[1]


The film takes place in Brooklyn near the conclusion of the Second World War. Reuven Malter is a middleclass modern orthodox Jewish teenager, and the son of a dedicated Zionist. At a pickup baseball game, Reuven meets Danny Saunders, another Jewish teenage boy, who is the son of a strict Hasidic Rebbe. At first, the meeting is one of enmity. However, both boys go on to form an unlikely friendship. Their complicated friendship is strained by historical events such as the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel. In addition, their lives and their decisions about their futures add to their personal drama.[2][3]



The Chosen was well received by most critics and holds an 82% rating for the Rotten Tomatoes website.[4]


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