The Lords of Discipline (film)

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The Lords of Discipline
Poster of the movie The Lords of Discipline.jpg
Directed by Franc Roddam
Produced by Herb Jaffe
Gabriel Katzka
Written by Lloyd Fonvielle
Thomas Pope
from the novel by
Pat Conroy
Music by Howard Blake
Cinematography Brian Tufano
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • February 18, 1983 (1983-02-18)
Running time
103 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $11,787,127

The Lords of Discipline is a 1983 American film based on the novel by Pat Conroy and directed by Franc Roddam. The film stars David Keith, Robert Prosky, Judge Reinhold, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Michael Biehn, and Olympic boxer Mark Breland. The college scenes were filmed primarily at Wellington College in England, as none of the American military academies would allow filming on their grounds because of the book's less-than-positive portrayal of life at a military academy.[citation needed]

The film was not filmed entirely in England. The restaurant scene with Bobby Bentley, Commerce's home, and the train track scene were filmed in Charleston, South Carolina over a period of two weeks.[citation needed]

The story[edit]

The year is 1964, and Carolina Military Institute is about to do something it has never done in its entire history—allow a black man to become a member of the Corps of Cadets. Will McLean, a senior private, has been assigned to watch over him to ensure that he makes it through the year. This assignment forces him to stand against the power of "the Ten", an alleged secret brotherhood within the Corps of Cadets sworn to uphold CMI's highest standards—by any and all means necessary.



An episode of NCIS, "Cadence" (season 12, episode 14), has some similarity to the film. It centers around the "Remington Military Academy", which has a secret society similar to the Ten- Honor Corps- and includes a character nicknamed "Piggy", versus the film's character Dante "Pig" Pignetti.

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