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With Honors (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 1994 (USA)
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Convinced his thesis will have him graduate with honors from Harvard University, a stuffy student finds himself at the mercy of a homeless man's demands when he holds the papers hostage.


Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Lake Fortson ...
Homeless Woman
Marshall Hambro ...
Chuck, Security Guard
Harve Kolzow ...
Harvard Cop
Caroline Gibson ...
Donation Student
M. Lynda Robinson ...
Newspaper Purchaser #1
Richard Auguste ...
Newspaper Purchaser #2
Patricia B. Butcher ...


Monty is a student, and when his computer crashes, he's left with only a single paper copy of his thesis. Frightened of losing it, he immediately rushes out to photocopy it, only to stumble and drop it down a grate. Searching the basement of the building, he discovers that it has been found by Simon, a squatter. Simon makes a deal with Monty: for every day's accomodation and food that Monty gives him, he will give a page of the thesis in return. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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If you want a degree go to Harvard. If you want an education go to Simon Wilder.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con honores  »

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Box Office


$20,043,254 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The graduation scenes were filmed at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The large building in front of the graduates is Foellinger Auditorium, made up to look like a Harvard building. Many of the graduates are UIUC students. See more »


When the group is driving back to Harvard after seeing Simon's son, Simon yells out to stop the car. Just before the scene changes, you can see out the driver's window, and hear, that they are on a fairly busy highway. When they pull over to stop, they are on a sparsely populated road with no traffic. See more »


[Courtney is in the shower calling Monty to come and speak with her]
Everett: Monty? Moonnty? Go get her, Monty, go get her!
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References ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »


Thank You
Written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Performed by Duran Duran
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd. and Capitol Records, Inc.
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10 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie for the subjects exposed in it. It speaks of freedom, integrity love for our selves and others, priorities and one nice look at a society changing towards individualism but never to far from mutual aid. the actors are terrific. Joe Pesci is simple and very transparent. Brendan Fraser is very good. Very smooth in his character's evolution during the movie. Moira Kelly, well beside the fact that she is very pretty. She plays an important grounding role. Patrick Dempsey, I never saw him much but this role was played perfectly. He plays the the kind very sensitives guy that does not take to much things seriously. And Josh Halmilton even though you probably wont like him at first he supports one feeling of wrongness trough the movie by not getting involved, fitting ones beliefs because thats Wat he was thought, and breaks down slowly trough the movie. Enjoy. This is the kind of movie you watch when you are down or that it is raining. It kind of makes things a little easier. Also see Dead poets society.

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