The Chosen

The Chosen (1981)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1981-08-20
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 45min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Chosen Film Company
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a secular father, raised to question everything around him, including his religion. A moving coming of age story.

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  • Robby Benson

    as Danny Saunders
  • Barry Miller

    as Reuven
  • Maximilian Schell

    as Professor David Malter
  • Rod Steiger

    as Reb Saunders
  • Hildy Brooks

    as Mrs. Saunders
  • Kaethe Fine

    as Shaindel Saunders
  • Ron Rifkin

    as Baseball Coach
  • Robert John Burke

    as Levi Saunders
  • Lonny Price

    as Davey
  • Evan Handler

    as Sidney Goldberg
  • Douglas Warhit

    as Sam
  • Jeffrey Marcus

    as Schwartzi
  • Stuart Charno

    as 1st Baseman
  • Richard Lifschutz

    as Hassidic Coach
Directing Jeremy Kagan Director
Writing Chaim Potok Novel
Writing Edwin Gordon Screenplay
Production Jonathan Bernstein Executive Producer
Production Steven Douglas Brown Co-Producer
Production Roger Harrison Associate Producer
Production Edie Landau Producer
Production Ely A. Landau Producer
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Camera Arthur J. Ornitz Director of Photography
Editing David Garfield Editor
Art Stuart Wurtzel Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Ruth Morley Costume Design
Production Mel Howard Unit Production Manager
Production Barbara De Fina Unit Manager