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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 »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 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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Company Credits

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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

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 »

Goofs

After David's brawl in the alley, his face is bruised. This brown mark fades, then darkens between shots of him walking through the preparatory school for the first time. 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

Referenced in Gossip Girl: School Lies (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Coins In The Fountain
by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
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great drama with so many great actors making there debuts.
13 January 2000 | by LittleRascal-15See all my reviews

I see this movie every once and a while on USA or TNT, I never watch all of it, but a few days ago I finally did and it was absolutely wonderful. It makes you wanna watch it again. Though some parts were slightly disturbing, the movie was still excellent. "School Ties" is set in the late 50s early 60s i do believe and a jewish kid goes to a basic prep school, all white, all Christian. He is a successful football player and makes many friends and is quite popular. But has to keep his religion in secret in fear of mockery and torment of his fellow classmates. Starring this wonderful cast, Brendan Fraser in his first major role, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck back when they were young and innocent. Before they had Oscar nominations starring in low-budget dramas. This movie is excellent, I give "School Ties" 10/10!


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