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School Ties (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 September 1992 (USA)
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Set in the 1950s, a star-quarterback is given an opportunity to attend an elite preparatory school but must conceal the fact that he is Jewish.

Director:

Robert Mandel

Writers:

Dick Wolf (story), Dick Wolf (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... David Greene
Matt Damon ... Charlie Dillon
Chris O'Donnell ... Chris Reece
Randall Batinkoff ... Rip Van Kelt
Andrew Lowery Andrew Lowery ... 'Mack' McGivern
Cole Hauser ... Jack Connors
Ben Affleck ... Chesty Smith
Anthony Rapp ... Richard 'McGoo' Collins
Amy Locane ... Sally Wheeler
Peter Donat ... Headmaster Dr. Bartram
Zeljko Ivanek ... Mr. Cleary
Kevin Tighe ... Coach McDevitt
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Gierasch
Ed Lauter ... Alan Greene
Peter McRobbie ... Chaplain
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Storyline

David Green 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 Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Just Because You're Accepted Doesn't Mean You Belong. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | French

Release Date:

18 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broderskabets bånd See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,020,071, 20 September 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,715,067
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Cunninghams character's first name is Grayson. In Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), Chris O'Donnell's character's last name is Grayson. See more »

Goofs

At the homecoming football game, David first appears in a soiled jersey. When the game begins, it's clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joyce: Davey! Davey you're here.
[big hug]
Jack Connors: He's not going off to war, only Massachusetts, huh?
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Connections

Spoofed in Living with Fran: School Ties (2007) See more »

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Ain't That A Shame
by David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew) and Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
Performed by Fats Domino
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/EMI Records
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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" It is for the honor I must turn you in. Saving myself is a bonus "
6 April 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Every fine Eastern school has some old traditions. When selecting a college or University which will eventually become your Alma Matter, it become doubly prestigious. Therein, too are the seeds of bigotry, racism and often as not antisemitism. This story written by Dick Wolf and directed by Robert Mandel is a fine addition to so many others which bring out the often buried hatred of classmates whom we so often considered our most steadfast friends. This then is the story of David Greene (Brendan Fraser) who selected as his best friend Charlie Dillon (Matt Damon). Together they strive to make their way through the school year. However, even though they share the hardships and principals of the rigors of the school, theirs is also a tenuous friendship based on wealth and social standing. Both of which are prerequisites for social acceptance. When Dillion's envy of his best friend gets the better of him, he uses any means to right what he believes to be his share of the school popularity. Chris O'Donnell, Ben Affleck and Kevin Tighe round out the cast. The movie is exceptional for exposing what many schools lack the courage to do. Further, the combination of it's cast insure this will become a Classic, for the young actors. ****


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