Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism. The racists come in the form of The Ten, a secret group of the elite students. They want Pearce to leave on his own free will, but are prepared to torture him to make it ‘his free will’. Will is forced to help Pearce and he is prepared to risk his own career to do so.
The Lords of Discipline is a 1983 American film based on the novel by Pat Conroy and directed by Franc Roddam. The film stars David Keith, Robert Prosky, Judge Reinhold, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Michael Biehn, and Olympic boxer Mark Breland.
The college scenes were filmed primarily at Wellington College in England, as none of the American military academies would allow filming on their grounds because of the book’s less-than-positive portrayal of life at a military academy. The film was not filmed entirely in England. The restaurant scene with Bobby Bentley, Commerce’s home, and the train track scene were filmed in Charleston, South Carolina over a period of two weeks.
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Directed by: Franc Roddam
Starring: David Keith, Robert Prosky, G.D. Spradlin, Barbara Babcock, Michael Biehn, Rick Rossovich, John Lavachielli, Mitchell Lichtenstein
Screenplay by: Thomas Pope
Production Design by: John Graysmark
Cinematography by: Brian Tufano
Film Editing by: Michael Ellis
Costume Design by: John Mollo
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Sr., Peter Howitt
Art Direction by: Alan Cassie
Music by: Howard Blake
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: February 18, 1983