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Writer (WGA):
John Pogue (written by)
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Release Date:
31 March 2000 (USA) See more »
A secret society so powerful, it can give you everything you desire... at a price. See more »
Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls"... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joshua Jackson ... Lucas "Luke" McNamara

Paul Walker ... Caleb Mandrake

Hill Harper ... Will Beckford

Leslie Bibb ... Chloe Whitfield

Christopher McDonald ... Martin Lombard

Steve Harris ... Detective Sparrow

William Petersen ... Ames Levritt

Craig T. Nelson ... Litten Mandrake
David Asman ... Jason Pitcairn

Scott Gibson ... Travis Wheeler

Nigel Bennett ... Dr. Rupert Whitney

Andrew Kraulis ... McBride
Derek Aasland ... Sullivan
Jennifer Melino ... J.J.

Noah Danby ... Hugh Mauberson

Mac Fyfe ... Laurence Thorne (as Mak Fyfe)

David Christo ... Shawn Packford

Shaw Madson ... Chad MacIntosh
Jesse Nilsson ... Kent Hodgins

Shawn Mathieson ... Jonathan Payne

Steven McCarthy ... Sweeney

Matthew G. Taylor ... Medoc (as Matt Taylor)

Henry Alessandroni ... Strain
James Finnerty ... Preppy Freshman
Cyprian Lerch ... Student in Lunch Line
Dominic Kahn ... Regatta Judge
Ken Campbell ... Starting Judge

Pedro Salvín ... Lodge Butler (as Pedro Salvin)
Derek Boyes ... Assistant District Attorney

Katherine Trowell ... Sanctuary Administrator
Connie Buell ... Waitress
Stephen Richard ... Furniture Mover (as Steve Richard)

Kevin Allen ... Sturtevant Security Guard
Paul Walker III ... Boxing Coach
Jason Knight ... Police Techie
Amanda Goundry ... Coed in Caleb's Car

Malin Akerman ... Coed in Caleb's Apartment
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Beatie ... Rower (uncredited)

Rob Cohen ... College Lecturer (uncredited)
Chris Ham ... Rower (uncredited)

Jonathan Khan ... George (uncredited)
Gillian Parker ... Coxie (uncredited)

Julian Paul ... Dart player (uncredited)
Weir Revie ... Student in Cafeteria Line (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Cohen 
Writing credits
John Pogue (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Creighton Bellinger .... associate producer
Fred C. Caruso .... co-producer (as Fred Caruso)
Nancy Kirhoffer .... associate producer
Bruce Mellon .... executive producer
Neal H. Moritz .... producer
John Pogue .... producer
William Tyrer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
Cinematography by
Shane Hurlbut (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Amundson 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Bob Ziembicki 
Art Direction by
Peter Grundy 
Set Decoration by
Steve Shewchuk 
Clive Thomasson 
Costume Design by
Marie-Sylvie Deveau 
Makeup Department
Kelly M. Beatty .... prosthetic supply
Kelly M. Beatty .... special makeup effects artist
Carol Marinoff .... key hair stylist
Leslie Ann Sebert .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Lyn Lucibello .... production manager
Robert Rothbard .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harley Cohen .... assistant director
Charles Crossin .... second assistant director
Adam Druxman .... first assistant director
Yolanda Graci .... assistant director
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
Tony Lucibello .... first assistant director
David C. Malcolm .... third assistant director
Michal Page .... third assistant director
John Pogue .... second unit director
Branko Racki .... second unit director
Art Department
Sarah Ashton .... construction bookkeeper
Tory Bellingham .... property master
Rupert Lazarus .... first assistant art director
Neil Morfitt .... set designer
Mark O'Donoghue .... carpenter
Jeff Poulis .... assistant property master
Reet Puhm .... key scenic artist
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Richard M. Snider .... key greens
Phillip Tellez .... construction coordinator
Shawn Thomas .... graphic designer
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... sound editor
Leslie Bloom .... sound effects editor
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
Bell Dave .... cable person
Christopher Emerson .... sound effects editor
Glen Gauthier .... production sound mixer
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Jack Snyder .... sound engineer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Matthew Spiro .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Trevor Cripps .... special effects technician
Alexander Galant .... special effects assistant
Bob Hall .... key special effects
Warren Keillor .... special effects
Ted Ross .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... visual effects supervisor
Kelvin McIlwain .... matte artist
Kenneth Nakada .... matte artist: Illusion Arts
Bill Taylor .... visual effects supervisor
Ron Bell .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... key stunt rigger
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunts
Eric Bryson .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Wayne Downer .... stunts
C.J. Fidler .... stunts
Errol Gee .... stunts (as Errol G.)
Howard Green .... stunts
Danny Lima .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunts
Duncan McLeod .... stunt double: Paul Walker
Kevin Monaco .... stunt performer
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts (as Ed Queffelec)
Ken Quinn .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
Robert C. Shannon .... dive supervisor
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Robert Thomas .... stunts
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts (as Anton Tyukodi)
Jennifer Vey .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Abby Anderson .... video assist
Michelle Beaudette .... first assistant camera
Andy Chmura .... camera operator
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip
Jim Krauter .... dolly grip
Andy Langevin .... rigging gaffer
Mark Lewandowski .... video assist operator
Keith Murphy .... Steadicam operator
Keith Murphy .... camera operator
Kris Wood .... video playback operator
Casting Department
Krisztina M. Neglia .... extras casting (as Krisztina Meuring)
Alex Newman .... casting associate
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Rachael Erwin .... casting intern (uncredited)
Christopher L. Parson .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Bronfman .... costume assistant
Gayle Franklin .... costume assistant
Gayle Franklin .... costume buyer
Linda Petty .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Luke Borghi .... assistant editor
Jim Flynn .... assistant editor
Jana Lynn Gold .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Michael Matsumoto .... post-production assistant
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... scoring engineer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor
Steve Porcaro .... composer: additional music
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Robert Tenaglia .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Elizabeth A. Bergman .... post-production accountant
Anthony Carovillano .... key craft service
Arthur Clarke .... location manager
Sean Coyne .... on-set craft
Bennett Fidlow .... additional legal services
Daniel Horvat .... first assistant production accountant
Stephanie Keating .... unit publicist
Marcus Paletta .... security officer
Todd Turner .... epk producer
Angelo Vacco .... adr loop group
Tanya Valentine .... development assistant
Randee Lynne Jensen .... creative assistant (uncredited)
Derek Ursacki .... office assistant (uncredited)
David C. Malcolm .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for violence and brief sexuality
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

A single person boat used for rowing is called a scull, pronounced the same as "skull".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Will falls off of the ledge breaking his neck, a safety line is clearly visible coming out of his pant leg.See more »
Will Beckford:If it's secret and elite, it can't be good.See more »
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25 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
As secret as a presidential affair, 31 October 2000
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

The Skulls is a thinly veiled allusion to one of the purportedly most secret of all secret societies, Skull and Bones, the Yale group to which George Bush (the former president) belonged. You know all about those secret societies; they breed smart, rich young men who will put other smart, rich young men in power, and then those men will put other smart, rich young men in power, and so forth and yadda yadda yadda. You can find out all sorts of things about Skull and Bones online, and I suppose there's a chance some of those things are actually true. But for the purposes of this movie - and this review - suffice to say that The Skulls is a small group mostly made up of rich white kids who get paid scholarships, free cars, free women, the whole works. And what does this secret society ask for in return? Unbound loyalty, of course. Unquestioning and absolute loyalty, kind of like the Mob, really, only the Mob is more overtly criminal.

The story focuses on Luke, a townie at Yale University. Luke wants to go to law school, but the tuition's a little high. He's parentless and low on funds, so of course he's prime pickings for The Skulls. Will he join them? Darn tootin' he will, despite the protests of his best friend and this hot young blonde he likes. They try to reason with him, believing their friendship is stronger than his need to be a lawyer, but they're wrong. If they were right, we'd have no movie.

So he joins, and wouldn't you know it, all kinds of bad things happen to poor Luke. There's murder, there's corruption, and gosh and golly, our boy just doesn't know who to trust. More twists than a Poe novel; the only problem is, they're not believable twists. If you're cynical about this kind of movie (as I am), you'll laugh out loud many times, both at the acting and the dialogue. The worst offense is in the timing, quite frankly. At no point are we led to believe that this society could be a GOOD thing. We know immediately it's bad. See, I think to be truly sinister you need to wear a mask of credibility. If I already know how bad you are, I won't be as afraid of you or as startled when you actually do something despicable.

This is a real chucklefest, in the same vein as Final Destination, Urban Legends, I Know What You Did Last Summer (both movies), and even the Scream movies, which I didn't care for (but I know many of you did, so whatcha gonna do). You have an attractive cast spouting incredible lines in unbelievable situations. The old moviegoer in us wonders what Jimmy Stewart or Gregory Peck would have done in this movie when they were younger (and, in Stewart's case, alive), but that's probably a philosophical debate best left to denizens of the old critics' home. As for me, I'd say pass on The Skulls - it's as hollow as its name might imply.

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