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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Dick Wolf (story)
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Release Date:
18 September 1992 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Just Because You're Accepted Doesn't Mean You Belong.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(57 articles)
User Reviews:
More thoughtful than preachy. See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brendan Fraser ... David Greene

Matt Damon ... Charlie Dillon

Chris O'Donnell ... Chris Reece

Randall Batinkoff ... Rip Van Kelt
Andrew Lowery ... 'Mack' McGivern

Cole Hauser ... Jack Connors

Ben Affleck ... Chesty Smith

Anthony Rapp ... Richard 'McGoo' Collins

Amy Locane ... Sally Wheeler
Peter Donat ... Headmaster Dr. Bartram

Zeljko Ivanek ... Mr. Cleary

Kevin Tighe ... Coach McDevitt
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Gierasch

Ed Lauter ... Alan Greene

Peter McRobbie ... Chaplain

John Cunningham ... Grayson Dillon

Elizabeth Franz ... Jane Dillon
Matt Hofherr ... Gray Dillon
Jeff Hochendoner ... Bear
R.E. Rodgers ... Nick (as Rick Rodgers)

John Speredakos ... Kocus
Edward Seamon ... Weezer
Dan Desmond ... Mr. Wheeler
Claudia Everest ... Mrs. Wheeler
Leon B. Stevens ... Tom Keating
Cody Conklin ... Sarah Greene
Benari Poulten ... Petey Greene
Stanton Denman ... Miller
Sean Kent ... Keller
Luke Jorgensen ... Rick
Kent Osborne ... Emile

Jayce Bartok ... Jack
Jeff Nichols ... Donald

James Donnell Quinn ... Boy #1 (as James Quinn)
Ryan Anderson ... Boy #2

Will Lyman ... Swanson
William Meisle ... Winchester Headmaster

Susan Johnston ... Mary Ellen
Sandra Landers ... Joyce

Ken Garito ... Don
Karen Shallo ... Edie
Gregory Chase ... Cal Reynolds
Alice Duffy ... Chaperone
Thomas Kee ... Boy in Shower (as Thomas Rhett Kee)
Jane Nichols ... Swimming Coach
Colin F. Lydon ... Boy in Dining Room
David Caldwell Allen ... Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Bruno Borgman ... Senior Student (uncredited)
Terry Clarey ... Football Player (uncredited)

Scott J. Fisher ... Mechanic in Diner (uncredited)
Mark Garrigus ... Prep School Student (uncredited)
Lyrical ... Basketball player at school dance (uncredited)

Seth William Meier ... Boy #3 (uncredited)

David Morwick ... Prep School Student (uncredited)

Brian Rivers ... Scranton Pennsylvania Teen (uncredited)
Joel D. Seger ... Prep School student (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mandel 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Dick Wolf (story)

Dick Wolf (screenplay) and
Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley R. Jaffe .... producer
Sherry Lansing .... producer
Danton Rissner .... executive producer
Michael Tadross .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Francis 
 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Cambas 
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Pat McCorkle 
 
Production Design by
Jeannine Oppewall  (as Jeannine Claudia Oppewall)
 
Art Direction by
Steven Wolff 
 
Set Decoration by
Rosemary Brandenburg 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Stephen G. Bishop .... assistant hair stylist
Jerry DeCarlo .... hair stylist
Mary Ellen James .... assistant makeup artist
Paula Kelly .... additional makeup artist
Brenda McNally .... additional hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Michael Tadross .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director (as Newton D. Arnold)
David Eric Chapman .... second second assistant director
Steve Danton .... first assistant director
Buddy Joe Hooker .... second unit director
Dodi Lee Rubenstein .... dga trainee (as Dodi Rubenstein)
John Wildermuth .... second assistant director (as John Wildermuth Jr.)
David Eric Chapman .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Chip Eccles .... carpenter
Ray Fisher .... set dresser
Marc Fisichella .... set designer
Bobbie Frankel .... scenic artist
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator
Paul Richards .... set dresser
Michael Saccio .... assistant property master
Mark Sarver .... carpenter
Kurt Smith .... carpenter
Michael Tavani .... carpenter
Sylvia Trapanese .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Anne Couk .... first assistant sound editor
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Todd Egan .... assistant sound editor
Mark C. Grech .... utility sound technician
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Timothy P. Salmon .... boom operator
Keith A. Wester .... sound mixer (as Keith Wester)
Les Wolf .... supervising foley editor
 
Stunts
Greg Harris .... stunt performer
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Chad Randall .... stunts (as Chad Robert Randall)
Michael Runyard .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Don Cerrone .... first company grip
William Hines .... rigging gaffer
Brian A. Pitts .... set electrician
Richard Rutkowski .... second assistant camera
Dustin Smith .... dolly grip
Josh Spring .... grip
David Larue .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Carolyn Pickman .... location casting
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan .... extras casting assistant (as Jodi Purdy)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Gandy .... assistant costume designer
Chantal Jacob Tynes .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Nancy Frazen .... assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer (as Philip Hetos)
Laura Krumholz .... first assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Roberto Santucci .... apprentice film editor
 
Music Department
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
George Doering .... musician
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Joseph R. Thygesen .... assistant music editor
Joanie Diener .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Avallon .... driver
William Winn .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Nicole Boxer .... production assistant
Howard Breslau .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ken Haber .... location manager
Crystal Hawkins .... production accountant
Brad Jacques .... production assistant
Stephen L'Heureux .... production assistant
Stephen L'Heureux .... special consultant
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator
Jeff N. Maclean .... location assistant
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Kory O'Donnell .... production assistant
David M. Rodriguez .... assistant accountant
Don DiLego .... stand-in (uncredited)
Randy Nickerson .... stand-in (uncredited)
George B. Simons .... food stylist (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language
Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Several places in Groton, MA were given money to fix up their buildings in order to be in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Van Kelt grabs McGivern from behind and administers a noogie at their introductory scene in David Green's room, McGivern elbows Van Kelt and escapes his grasp, leaving his overcoat in Van Kelt's hands. He then darts out the room. In the next cut, a long shot from down the crowded hall, McGivern is waving his overcoat over his head as he runs away from the room and is chased by Van Kelt.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Bartram:You people are very... determined, aren't you?
David Green:Sometimes we have to be, sir.
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Soundtrack:
That Old Black MagicSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
More thoughtful than preachy., 26 October 2009
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

What is it about Jews that so many people hate them? From as far back as the Old Testament, to the weekly ramblings of Pat Buchanan and the fanatical Iranian president, Jews just can't seem to catch a break. What is it they've done that's so bad? They murdered Jesus, did they? And the Romans had nothing to do with that?

Anyway, this is a better film than I expected. Not only does it give us an interesting protagonist, but it allows us to feel like the outsider he is when he arrives at the elite prep school. Regardless of their religion, few people ever get a chance to attend such a ritzy school. Brendan Fraser plays David Green, a working-class Jewish kid who gets a football scholarship to St. Matthews for his senior year. The school is filled with smart and athletic young men destined for Ivy League schools and eventual seats at the head table of our society. The other boys David quickly befriends are played by a who's who of young acting talent just before they became huge stars. Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck are all on display. Matt Damon's Charlie Dillion character is a real jerk. All the guys crack little Jewish jokes here and there, but once Damon learns the new kid's secret. He cranks the Anti-semitism level to really ugly levels.

Luckily for these guys, David Green knows that he has a great chance of getting into Harvard if he just ignores their jokes as long as they don't find out he's a Jew. Green is a tough kid who's had to fight for everything he has, and he could easily beat the snot out of any of them. Once the secret is out, the boys he thought were his new friends suddenly become either indifferent to him, or his enemies. The new girlfriend from a nearby school who adored him also turns her back once she learns his religion. The film could have stopped there and just been a pro-tolerance kind of exercise, but luckily there are other things going on. One of the boys is caught cheating, but the faculty doesn't know who. Unless the boy comes forward, the entire history class will be flunked for breaking the honor code. Green becomes a suspect because he initially hid his religious identity. Will he to take a fall for the guy who cheated?? The film is thoughtful and has interesting characters where it could have just given us closed-minded bigots. Even though we know these guys are ant-Semites, we at least see them as real people with complex problems and motivations of their own. The film boasts some beautiful and realistic locations in most scenes. There are some subplots not fully motivated or fleshed out. What exactly happens to the boy who bolts from his French exam? What became of him after his nervous breakdown? And why did this film feel the need to recylce a gag from the movie Real Genius about putting an intellectual's car inside his dorm room?? Still a very good movie that might make you think twice about cracking ethnic jokes around people you don't know that well. 8 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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