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The Skulls (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 31 March 2000 (USA)
A senior at an ivy league college, who depends on scholarships and working on the side, gets accepted into the secret society The Skulls. He hopes it betters chances at Harvard but The Skulls is not what he thought and comes at a price.

Director:

Rob Cohen

Writer:

John Pogue
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Jackson ... Luke McNamara
Paul Walker ... Caleb Mandrake
Hill Harper ... Will Beckford
Leslie Bibb ... Chloe
Christopher McDonald ... Martin Lombard
Steve Harris ... Detective Sparrow
William Petersen ... Ames Levritt
Craig T. Nelson ... Litten Mandrake
David Asman David Asman ... Jason Pitcairn
Scott Gibson ... Travis Wheeler
Nigel Bennett ... Dr. Whitney
Andrew Kraulis ... McBride
Derek Aasland Derek Aasland ... Sullivan
Jennifer Melino Jennifer Melino ... J.J.
Noah Dalton Danby ... Hugh Mauberson (as Noah Danby)
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Storyline

Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls", in hope of gaining acceptance into Harvard Law School. At first seduced by the club's trapping of power and wealth, a series of disturbing incidents, such as his best friends suicide, leads Luke to investigate the true nature of the organization and the truth behind his friends supposed suicide. He starts realizing that his future and possibly his life is in danger. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A secret society so powerful, it can give you everything you desire... at a price. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Skulls See more »

Filming Locations:

Belfountain, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,034,885, 2 April 2000

Gross USA:

$35,046,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,802,120
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

Goofs

When Luke and Detective Sparrow are talking in the hall, an extra (white woman with blonde hair and blue shirt) walks by and up the stairs past them. Later, when they stop in a library and continue talking, the same extra walks past in the same direction. (She is clearly visible both times, it is not two different people). See more »

Quotes

Judge Litten Mandrake: It is time to remove Mr. McNamara. He is no longer loyal.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version includes deleted scenes showing: Luke working as a singing flower delivery boy; a longer bar scene; after the bar scene they stop off at the news office; what happens after they fall off the roof; judge Mandrake blackmailing Luke; judge Mandrake convincing Caleb to "confess". See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: No Chris Left Behind (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Dandy Life
Written by Ross Childress
Performed by Collective Soul
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Inane, ghastly, wretched ...
12 July 2000 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

This movie should be included as a required course in film schools as how not to make movies -- in a year full of really bad movies, this one is skull and shoulders above everything else in bad acting, directing, and above all--laughably poor writing. Put this on a double bill Showgirls and watch the suicide rates soar. Joshua Jackson evidently needed a vehicle since he's a teen heart throb (which is mystifying in and of itself) and settled on this loser--he should get better management or resign himself to playing WB teen angst series well into his thirties. Poor William Peterson and Craig Nelson looked alternately amused and embarrassed at their association with this turkey--maybe they needed a few bucks quick and figured this wasn't terribly hard work; Nelson's "Coach" character was a paragon of depth and emotion compared with the hilariously one dimensional evil guy.

This one deserves a good thesaurus to come up with enough synonyms for dreadful, awful, horrible, wretched, ....


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