The Chosen (1981)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“…and he learned through the wisdom and the pain of silence, that a mind without a heart… is nothing.” – Reb Saunders

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s, 24 Feb 2001 and 7 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two Jewish Boys living in New York City during the 1940’s learn about life and themselves when they become friends after a mishap while playing baseball against one another.

Bottom Line – Fascinating look at the way that religion plays a part in ones life. The story lays out really well and shows different viewpoints on Religion in a very powerful way.  The chemistry between the two main characters played by Robbie Benson and Barry Miller is superbly done because we get to see how their feelings for one another change as the story unfolds. Both learn so much from the other and this helps show how our lives and viewpoints can change in a fluid manner as we are influenced by others around them. Rod Steiger and Maximillian Schell are also both great as the fathers of these boys who try and show their sons the proper directions in life. The dialogue and debates between the characters on so many subjects throughout the course of the film work so well in making things even more powerful and poignant to watch unfold. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Maximilien Schell and Rod Steiger apparently swapped roles just before production began. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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