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School Ties (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  18 September 1992 (USA)
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Set in the 1950s, a star-quarterback is given an opportunity to attend an elite preparatory school but must conceal the fact that he is Jewish.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lowery ...
'Mack' McGivern
Jack Connors
Richard 'McGoo' Collins
Sally Wheeler
Peter Donat ...
Headmaster Dr. Bartram
Mr. Cleary
Coach McDevitt
Michael Higgins ...
Mr. Gierasch
Alan Greene


David Green is brought into a prestigious 1950s school to help their football team to beat the school's old rivals. David, however, is from a working class background, so he isn't really "one of them", but he's very successful at making friends. David is a Jew, and has to keep this a secret from his friends for fear of being rejected. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Just Because You're Accepted Doesn't Mean You Belong.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broderskabets bånd  »

Box Office


$14,715,067 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Affleck who played Chesty Smith, Randall Batinkoff who played Rip Van Kelt, and Andrew Lowery who played Mack McGivern all appeared in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. See more »


In the coal mine scene (when David picks up his father) while they're waiting for the train to go by, you can see that several cars are marked for railroads (Penn Central, Conrail) that didn't exist in the late 1950s. See more »


[first lines]
Joyce: Davey! Davey you're here.
[big hug]
Jack Connors: He's not going off to war, only Massachusetts, huh?
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »


Isn't It Romantic
by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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A movie with a great message- no matter what religion
9 October 2002 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

This movie was really touching and very important to me, it's the story of a Jewish boy who goes to a private High School, and has to hide his identity to be accepted. It was really shocking to see how they treated Jewish people back then, I'm also Jewish, and I would hate to be in David's position, to have to hide my identity to fit in. When i heard Brendan Fraser played David, I wasn't very sure about how the movie was going to be, but i was surprised to see what a good actor he is, he pulls it off really well. Matt Damon also gives a great performance, as a guy who is jealous of David and uses the information of him being Jewish to get back. Chris O'Donnell plays David's roomate, and the only guy who stands by him till the end. With the cast, the script, and the valuable message this movie gives about religion and acceptance, makes a movie that shines like no other has. 9.5/10(for the lack of success)

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