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With Honors (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 1994 (USA)
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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Deborah Lake Fortson ...
Homeless Woman
Marshall Hambro ...
Security Guard
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Harve Kolzow ...
Harvard Cop
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Judge
Caroline Gibson ...
Donation Student
M. Lynda Robinson ...
Newspaper Purchaser #1
Richard Auguste ...
Newspaper Purchaser #2
Patricia B. Butcher ...
Librarian
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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29 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Con honores  »

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$20,043,254 (USA)
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Claudia Haro: Towards the end of the film, at the pajama party, Simon (Joe Pesci) is imparting wisdom to Monty (Brendan Fraser) regarding love. He is overheard by a young, incredibly good-looking female student, named Marty. The girl is so taken with Simon's romantic sentiments, she asks the much older Simon to dance. The girl, Marty, is played by Claudia Haro, Joe Pesci's wife at the time of filming. See more »

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When Monty and Simon are at the Social Security office, Simon picks up his gloves. In the next shot of the desk, the gloves are back. See more »

Quotes

Monty: Why did you say that I was a loser?
Simon Wilder: Winners forget they're in a race, they just love to run. You try too hard.
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References ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Terrific, moving film.
31 October 1999 | by (madison, wi.) – See all my reviews

"With Honors" and the French-Canadian film "Jesus of Montreal" are my two favorite films, period. "With Honors" means so much to me...it takes on an issue - homelessness - that most film studios won't touch with a ten-foot pole. Then, it manages to make a funny, warm, touching film that's also fairly mainstream in its appeal. It's amazing that someone could make a film largely about a homeless man into a commercially acceptable film without sugar-coating the issue, but they did it.

Stellar performances abound here, including Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Josh Hamilton, and the spectacular Moira Kelly. With a great performance by the priceless Gore Vidal - who's also in another of my favorite films, "Bob Roberts."

There are also some nice shots of the Harvard University campus, and the film accurately re-creates the turmoil, joy, and passion and the hundred other emotions that come with college life.


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