GenreDrama Narrated byCliff Robertson WriterCharles Gary Allison LanguageEnglish
Release date1977 CastPeter Fox (Rodger), Scott Newman (Chunk), Nancy Morgan (Jennifer), Wendy Phillips (Betty Ann), Robert Emhardt (Brother Abernathy), Gregory Harrison (Zac) Similar moviesDying to Belong (1997), Stomp the Yard (2007), The Haunting of Sorority Row (2007), Going Greek (2001), Neighbors (2014)
Fraternity Row is a 1977 American drama film portraying life in a 1950s fraternity at a fictional college.
This movie tells the story of one college student and his trials and tribulations as he pledges the Gamma Nu Pi Fraternity at a fictional Eastern school. The film depicts common hazing practices during the era including humiliation, onion eating and severe paddling.
Peter Fox as Rodger Carter
Gregory Harrison as Zac Sterling
Scott Newman as Chunk Cherry
Nancy Morgan as Jennifer Harris
Wendy Phillips as Betty Ann Martin
Robert Emhardt as Brother Bob Abernathy
Cliff Robertson as The Narrator
Originally this film was Charles Gary Allison's thesis while he was a film student at USC. It was then picked up and distributed by Paramount. It is said to have been inspired by the 1959 hazing death of Kappa Sigma pledge Richard Swanson, who died after attempting to swallow a quarter pound piece of raw liver without chewing.
Fraternity Row met with generally positive reviews. However, the movie failed to catch on and did only a very light business at the box office. It has not been released to VHS or DVD.