The Chosen

About The Film

40th Anniversary Screening

In this provocative drama based on Chaim Potok’s bestselling novel, frictions over tradition and modernity test the vexed friendship of two Jewish teens from different religious factions in 1940s Williamsburg. Reuven (Barry Miller) is the son of a worldly progressive scholar; Danny (Robby Benson) is the son of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi (iconic Oscar-winning actors Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger play the fathers). Though ideologically split, the boys bond around their love of stickball, until a rift over the creation of a Jewish homeland prompts painful choices and a search for one’s own destiny. Director Jeremy Kagan crafts a nuanced, authentic portrayal of Hasidic life and post-WWII turmoil within American Jewry.

Film Details

Running Time 
108 minutes
Genre 
Directors 
Country 
Year 
1981
Viewing Region 
Premiere 
Classic Film
Sponsors 
TCM
WarnerMedia