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School Ties (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 September 1992 (USA)
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.

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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 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

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Acton, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,020,071, 20 September 1992

Gross USA:

$14,715,067

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,715,067
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Cunningham also played Matt Damon's father in Mystic Pizza (1988). See more »

Goofs

David Green chooses to play football on Rosh Hashana, as opposed to observing the holiday. That evening, the scene cuts to David reciting "Avinu Malkenu" in the school chapel, when the principal walks in and reminds David that his holiday ended at sundown. In actuality, Rosh Hashana is a two-day holiday and would have extended through the following day. Assuming the football game was played on a Saturday, there is no possibility that this was the second day of Rosh Hashana, as Rosh Hashana never ends on a Saturday night (the two-day observance may only begin in the evening on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday). 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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"Is it worth breaking tradition"?
6 August 2003 | by Shapster11See all my reviews

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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