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School Ties (1992)

 -  Drama  -  18 September 1992 (USA)
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A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950's and hides his religion until a jealous bigot forces it out in the open.

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Andrew Lowery ...
'Mack' McGivern
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Jack Connors
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Richard 'McGoo' Collins
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Sally Wheeler
Peter Donat ...
Headmaster Dr. Bartram
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Mr. Cleary
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Coach McDevitt
Michael Higgins ...
Mr. Gierasch
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Alan Greene
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Chaplain
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Storyline

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

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school | jewish | 1950s | jew | communist | See more »

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

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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18 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broderskabets bånd  »

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$14,715,067 (USA)
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Features both a future Batman (Ben Affleck) and a future Robin (Chris O'Donnell). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Dillon: You know something? I'm still gonna get into Harvard. And in 10 years no one will remember any of this. But you'll still be a goddamn Jew.
David Green: And you'll still be a prick.
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Ain't That A Shame
by David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew) and Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
Performed by Fats Domino
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/EMI Records
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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How can we miss the import of casual "joking"?
12 January 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I've read the first 30 comments about this movie. Not once did anyone comment on the reasons why Greene (Fraser) never mentioned his religion -- the casual "joking" and "common knowledge" comments heard in the bathroom. Is it any less a matter of prejudice to use the phrase "I jewed him down" than it would be to use the term "kike"? Is telling a derogatory joke about homosexuals any more offensive than calling us "fag"? This is the only movie I can think of right off-hand other than "The Laramie Project" that makes the point that casual speech can be used as a form of maintaining prejudice. For this reason alone, "School Ties" is an important film. As a survivor of a 1964 prep school much like the one in the movie, I can tell you that the scenes and attitudes are accurately presented. I found the characters to be a little one-sided, yes. It's rare to meet any person who is as totally focused and determined as the Greene presented here. Nor is any prejudiced person or group normally so totally open in expression as the "good old boys" we see in this production. But, that's the most impressive way to show the public just how bad it is to be bigoted or to be the target of bigotry. For the production and acting values I'd give this film 6 on a scale of 10. For the "pre-star" status performances of Fraser, O'Donell, Damon, and, yes, even Affleck, I'd give it a 7.5 on a scale of 10. For the message I'd give it 9.5 on that same scale. "School Ties" is a movie that can be enjoyed by anyone who sees it. For "star followers", it has a cool four New Idols in "pre-star" roles to add to their tape collections. For the activists in the world it is a stark and dramatic example of how prevalent unrecognised bigotry is in our society.


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