1988 R 1:40 Drama John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith ,Wallace Langham, Adam Baldwin
based on the Roger Cormier book I think I remember the book binding being blue or maybe the image having blue in it
15-year-old freshman Jerome E. “Jerry” Renault makes the football team at Trinity a Catholic boys’ preparatory school. However he struggles on the field during practice and cannot keep up with his teammates, and so is often berated by the strict coach.
Archie Costello, part of the (supposed) secret society “The Vigils” compiles a list of socially ostracized students with the aid of Obie, The Vigils’ nerdish secretary. The outcasts will be assigned to perform assignments, more pranks as part of their Vigils initiations. Renault & Goober are on Archie’s list.
Meanwhile, Brother Leon is taking advantage of the Trinity School headmaster’s illness and convalescence. The corrupt Brother purchases outdated Mother’s Day candy, and plans to repackage it for the Trinity fundraiser; in which he hopes to sell 20,000 boxes at an increased prices instead of their usual 10,000. He hopes that the success of the Fundraiser will gain attention to be declared the new head of the school.
Unaware of the Vigils’ next prank assignment, Brother Leon enlists Archie’s aid in rallying fellow students to sell candy.
The prank is designed to disrupt the school’s annual fundraising chocolate sale, Archie enlists Renault to not sell the chocolates for 10 days. Once the 10 days are up he’s supposed to sell them, but in this strict school, even though they say you don’t have to participate it’s best you do as you’ll be outcast and bullied.
I was supposed to read this Freshman or sophomore year in High School, but I find forcing someone into reading (or doing) something they have no interest in is counter productive. I would just read the questions we had to answer and try to find the answers. I remembered a few things vaguely from the book one of which was the end (or close to). Now as this was out when I was in grade school maybe jr. high I don’t know how it was received, let alone what those who read the book thought of it. I had been thinking of seeing if the library had a copy to read, however after watching this I think what little I remembered was better and am now leery to actually read the book, and thinking I was right not to read it.
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