Fraternity Row (film)
|Directed by||Thomas J. Tobin|
|Produced by||Charles Gary Allison
|Written by||Charles Gary Allison|
|Narrated by||Cliff Robertson|
|Music by||Michael Corner
Theme song by Don McLean
|Edited by||Eugene Fournier|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Fraternity Row is a 1977 American drama film portraying life in a 1950s fraternity at a fictional college.
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.
- Peter Fox as Rodger Carter
- Gregory Harrison as Zac Sterling
- Scott Newman as Chunk Cherry
- Nancy Morgan as Jennifer Harris
- Wendy Phillips as Betty Ann Martin
- Robert Emhardt as Brother Bob Abernathy
- Cliff Robertson as The Narrator
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.
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.
- List of hazing deaths in the United States
- History of North American college fraternities and sororities
- Matt's Law
- The Gordie Foundation
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- "Fraternity Row". Variety. December 31, 1976. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- "Hazing death investigation is demanded". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 18, 1959.
- Nuwker, Hank (January 29, 2004). The Hazing Reader. Indiana University Press. p. XXVI. ISBN 0253343704.
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