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.


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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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Comedy | Drama

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




Release Date:

29 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con honores  »

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$20,043,254 (USA)

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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 »


In the courtroom, Simon says he was not trespassing because Harvard is a Land-Grant School. Harvard is a private institution. The state's land-grant college is the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. See more »


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A heartwarming and heartfelt tale of love and life
19 May 1999 | by (High Prairie, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie through once, then rewound it and watched it again. I loved it both times through. This movie shows that you've got to choose how to live your life rather than just let it happen. It's a very "carpe diem" experience ;) It's also a perfect mix of comedy and drama, Patrick Dempsey and Joe Pesci kept the laughs coming. Not for the cynical or the bitter, enter it with an open heart and you can't help but be affected.

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