The Lords of Discipline (1983)

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In 1960s America, a black cadet is allowed acceptance into a seemingly prestigious military academy, unleashing a barrage of corruption within the system that another cadet is willing to expose.




  • David Keith and G.D. Spradlin in The Lords of Discipline (1983)
  • David Keith in The Lords of Discipline (1983)
  • Rick Rossovich in The Lords of Discipline (1983)
  • Michael Biehn in The Lords of Discipline (1983)
  • Michael Biehn in The Lords of Discipline (1983)
  • Rick Rossovich in The Lords of Discipline (1983)

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25 September 2005 | notelvis2
| Likable movie but don't expect everything you got in the novel!
I was impressed with how well this movie captured the flavor of time and place. As a viewer I easily felt that it was Charleston, SC in the mid 1960's. The parts were well-cast and convincingly played. I would be comfortable suggesting this movie to others and would not mind seeing it again myself.

Having read Pat Conroy's original novel years ago I found that the characters in the movie looked remarkably like my imagination expected them to. That was another plus.

However......and this is minor......Pat Conroy's novels tend to be sprawling affairs with several plot lines (and the ensuing chaos) running concurrently. They do not condense down into a standard length feature film without editing a good bit of the original novel out. This is the case here......several minor items had to be changed for the movie to cover the fact that one of the major plot elements in the novel were left out entirely.

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,011,932 21 February 1983

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