David Greene is brought into a prestigious 1950s school to help their football team to beat the school's old rivals. David, however, is from a working class background, so he isn't really "one of them", but he's very successful at making friends. David is a Jew, and has to keep this a secret from his friends for fear of being rejected.Written by
Ironically, considering the students' pervasive anti-Semitism, "Smokey Joe's Café", the song that the classmates enjoy (and which Mr. Cleary dismisses as being from the "jungle") was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, a pair of Jewish songwriters, who wrote many of the biggest radio hits of the 1950s and early 1960s. Many of the other songs in the movie and on the soundtrack were also written or co-written by Jewish songwriters, including "Rock Around the Clock", "Three Coins In The Fountain", "That Old Black Magic", "Isn't It Romantic", and "When I Take My Sugar To Tea." See more »
At the homecoming football game, David first appears in a soiled jersey. When the game begins, it's clean. See more »
Davey! Davey you're here.
He's not going off to war, only Massachusetts, huh?
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Jewish middle-class boy gets into elite-highschool, and gets into trouble when he hides the fact that he's jewish.
Great drama with even greater performances from the relatively young and unknown cast. Especially Brendan Fraser's acting is really intense. One of his first roles, and in my opinion his best. He was not yet as famous as he is now ( after, for example, a film as 'the Mummy' ), but I think that his acting never had the intensity and credibility of that part.(In fact, I was shocked when I discovered that it was in fact Fraser in the horrible " George of the jungle' ! How could a fine actor like him accept such a terrible role ? ) Also Matt Damon (also an unknown actor at that time )and the other young actors are great. A terrific, subtle drama !
9 out of 10 !
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