The Chosen [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 18438106
  • Release Date: 05/04/2010
  • Rating: PG
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Special Features

  • Commentary by director Jeremy Paul Kagen
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Missing scene
  • Interviews with director Jeremy Paul Kagan
  • Interview with Rod Steiger
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • Director's storyboards
  • Director's sketches
  • Production stills
  • Screenplay selections
  • Posters, openings & awards


The Chosen
The overemphatic acting of Robby Benson was something of an endurance test to certain critics of the 1980s, but even these carpers were impressed by Benson's outstanding performance in The Chosen. Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Benson is Hassidic, while Barry Miller is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of stickball. Rod Steiger costars as Benson's rabbi father, delivering a performance virtually devoid of the mannered stridency that has marred many of his more recent film work. Based on a novel by Chaim Potok, The Chosen has become an annual Hannukah-season TV attraction in many cities; years after its release, the film served as the basis for a short-lived Broadway musical. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Maximilian Schell
    Maximilian Schell - David Malter
  • Rod Steiger
    Rod Steiger - Reb Saunders
  • Robby Benson
    Robby Benson - Danny Saunders
  • Barry Miller
    Barry Miller - Reuven Malter
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    Hildy Brooks - Mrs. Saunders

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Chosen DVD


    I read the book years ago and remembered seeing the movie, but had forgotten most of it. This movie serves to show that even religious & non religious people can get along. Well acted and well produced. A classic

    I would recommend this to a friend

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