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
The Hebrew prayer that David recites in the chapel is the "Avenu Malkenu" (literally, "Our Father, Our King"), which is a series of petitions to God to grant atonement. The prayer is repeated throughout the High Holy Days, ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah, the New Year in the Jewish calendar, and ending with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. David misses Rosh Hashanah services because of the football game. See more »
Mr. Cleary uses the term "quantum leap" in its modern sense, meaning a large increase. Dictionaries put the first use of the term, as opposed to its original scientific sense, in the late 1950s or early 1960s. It's very unlikely that a French teacher in the 1950s would use it that way. See more »
Davey! Davey you're here.
He's not going off to war, only Massachusetts, huh?
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It's a line the headmaster of the school asks the star quarterback David Greene when he catches him praying at church after curfew but praying in observance of the Jewish new year. Greene's reply to the Headmaster of this Christian Prep Academy is..."mine or yours". This is the essence of the storyline. A Christian Prep Academy in New England is tired of mediocrity in football and losing to their arch rival so they compromise their admission standards by recruiting a brilliant student athlete from Pa. The problem isn't that David Greene doesn't measure up academically, it is that he is Jewish.
Soon after coming to school Greene realizes his classmates disdain and ridicule for Jews. They scorn them and make stereotype remarks that bother Greene but he is determined to fit in. Eventually his classmates and friends discover his secret and this is as far as I go. See the movie and see how David and his friends handle the situation.
Fine performances are put in by Brendan Fraser, as David Greene. You'll be astonished at the youthful talent in the movie as really good performances are put in by Matt Damon, his real life buddy Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, and all the others. I really enjoyed the story, the time setting, and the substance of the message.
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