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
Just Because You're Accepted Doesn't Mean You Belong.
Did You Know?
Ironically, given the antisemitism that pervades almost all of the students' attitudes, "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the song that the classmates enjoy (and which Mr. Cleary dismisses as being from the "jungle") was written by a pair of Jewish songwriters, Jerry Leiber
and Mike Stoller
, who wrote many of the biggest radio hits of the 1950s and early 1960s. Many of the other songs heard in the movie and on the soundtrack were also written or co-written by Jewish songwriters, including "Rock Around the Clock," "Three Coins In The Fountain," "That Old Black Magic," "Isn't It Romantic," and "When I Take My Sugar To Tea." See more
In the dance in the school gym, one of the wall decorations is a poster for Gone with the Wind
- showing the now-famous poster art designed for the 1960s re-release of that film. See more
Everybody's asking me what it's like to kiss a Jew.