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With Honors (1994)

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Convinced his thesis will have him graduate with honors from Harvard University, a stuffy student finds himself at the mercy of a homeless man's demands when he holds the papers hostage.

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Alek Keshishian
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Pesci ... Simon
Brendan Fraser ... Monty
Moira Kelly ... Courtney
Patrick Dempsey ... Everett
Josh Hamilton ... Jeff
Gore Vidal ... Pitkannan
Deborah Lake Fortson Deborah Lake Fortson ... Homeless Woman
Marshall Hambro Marshall Hambro ... Security Guard
Melinda Chilton ... Helga
Harve Kolzow Harve Kolzow ... Harvard Cop
James Deuter ... Judge
Caroline Gibson Caroline Gibson ... Donation Student
M. Lynda Robinson M. Lynda Robinson ... Newspaper Purchaser #1
Richard Auguste Richard Auguste ... Newspaper Purchaser #2
Patricia B. Butcher Patricia B. Butcher ... Librarian
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Storyline

Monty is a student, and when his computer crashes, he's left with only a single paper copy of his thesis. Frightened of losing it, he immediately rushes out to photocopy it, only to stumble and drop it down a grate. Searching the basement of the building, he discovers that it has been found by Simon, a squatter. Simon makes a deal with Monty: for every day's accomodation and food that Monty gives him, he will give a page of the thesis in return. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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If you want a degree go to Harvard. If you want an education go to Simon Wilder.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con honores See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,328,543, 1 May 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,043,254
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Six big-name British actors were in the running for Prof. Pitkannan, but Joe Pesci vetoed all of them, wanting the role to go to a big-name American actor. See more »

Goofs

In the early scene in the advisor's office, conspicuous large snowflakes are falling outside the window behind the adviser, but in the shot showing the other window, there is no snow. See more »

Quotes

Simon Wilder: How many bottles of that wine would you be willing to give me to fix it?
Everett: To get this thing running? Six.
Simon Wilder: Eight.
Everett: Seven.
Simon Wilder: Eight.
Everett: Okay, nine, but that's my final offer.
Simon Wilder: Didn't you used to run a saving and loan?
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Featured in Madonna: I'll Remember (1994) See more »

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Thank You
Written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Performed by Duran Duran
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd. and Capitol Records, Inc.
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Delightful
15 January 2003 | by marguerita29See all my reviews

I´m one of those people who knows what to expect from a movie and the best part of it is that you can be surprised.

"With Honors" is certainly one of my favorite little movies so far. There are times when one gets tired from blockbuster-movies and cars blowing up and heros and spies and guns and the all-so-great 'wipe out the world ploy' (yes, I am quoting The Mummy Returns). I stopped by Blockbuster and decided I´d watch old movies and simple ones, so I got what I wanted but it was more than satisfying.

I love Joe Pesci and as surreal and unreal as his bum version was, you can´t help loving the guy. There was something very ´common place´ (the poor but incredibly wise man that is) about it, but the movie has it´s merits.

I knew Brendan Fraser could kick ass and look hot but I was pleased to see him act. The guy´s good and his character was really captivating, which gets the movie going.

There is a lesson coming from the movie, but it´s not one that will make you want roll your eyes (although it´s perfectly acceptable).

I watched it twice, and I´d watch it again.


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