School Ties

School Ties

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Director: Robert Mandel

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell

     
 

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An assemblage of young Hollywood actors poised for stardom marked this tale of anti-Semitism at a 1950s prep school. Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a working-class Jewish quarterback from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who is offered a senior year scholarship to a prestigious New England academy. It's David's ticket to an Ivy League education and a way out of his Rust… See more details below

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An assemblage of young Hollywood actors poised for stardom marked this tale of anti-Semitism at a 1950s prep school. Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a working-class Jewish quarterback from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who is offered a senior year scholarship to a prestigious New England academy. It's David's ticket to an Ivy League education and a way out of his Rust Belt hometown, but there's one condition: the school's elders ask him to be discreet about his religion. At first willing to do so, David struggles with his silence about his faith as his popularity grows. David strikes up a friendship with his roommate Chris Reece (Chris O'Donnell) and a possible romance with Sally Wheeler (Amy Locane), a student at a nearby girls' school. When jealous classmate Charlie Dillon (Matt Damon) learns David's secret at an alumni party, he exposes the school's new gridiron hero, and David faces the full force of religious intolerance from the prejudiced WASP institution. Also featuring early performances from Ben Affleck, Anthony Rapp, and Cole Hauser, School Ties was loosely based on the real-life experiences of producer Dick Wolf, creator of TV's popular series Law & Order.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Much like 1996's Courage Under Fire, School Ties should have made Matt Damon a star long before his Oscar-nominated turn in 1997's Good Will Hunting. Surrounded by established actors like Brendan Fraser and Chris O'Donnell, who themselves turn in outstanding performances here, Damon is excellent as the jealous and hate-filled personification of religious intolerance that is at the heart of this film. And while some could accuse the script of being on the predictable side, one shouldn't really expect many surprises from a story like this. The audience feels for Fraser's character and hopes he can overcome the anti-Semitism of his peers. It is in this respect that the writing succeeds. It certainly isn't the best of the countless boarding school films, but School Ties features an engaging story and several top-notch performances that more than warrant a look.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2009
UPC:
0032429065926
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser David Greene
Matt Damon Charlie Dillon
Chris O'Donnell Chris Reece
Randall Batinkoff Rip Van Kelt
Andrew Lowery McGivern
Cole Hauser Jack Connors
Amy Locane Sally Wheeler
Ben Affleck Chesty Smith
Anthony Rapp McGoo
Peter Donat Headmaster Dr. Bartram
Zeljko Ivanek Cleary
Kevin Tighe Coach McDevitt
Michael Higgins Mr. Gierasch
Ed Lauter Alan Greene
Lisa Beach Actor
Stanton Denman Miller
Dan Desmond Mr. Wheeler
Victoria Hochberg Bear
Luke Jorgensen Rick
Pat McCorkle Actor
John Sprerdakos Kocus
David Caldwell Allen Announcer
Ryan Anderson Boy #2
Jayce Bartok Jack
Gregory Chase Cal Reynolds
Cody Conklin Sarah
John Cunningham Grayson Dillon
Alice Duffy Chaperone
Claudia Everest Mrs. Wheeler
Elizabeth Franz Jane Dillon
Ken Garito Don
Matt Hofherr Gray Dillon
Susan Johnston Mary Ellen
Thomas Rhett Kee Boy in Shower
Sean Kent Keller
Sandra Landers Joyce
Colin F. Lydon Boy in Dining Room
Will Lyman Swanson
Peter McRobbie Chaplain
William Meisle Winchester Headmaster
Jane Nichols Swimming Coach
Jeff Nichols Donald
Kent Osborne Emile
Benari Poulten Percy
James Donnell Quinn Boy #1
Rick Rodgers Nick
Edward Seamon Weezer
Karen Shallo Edie
Leon B. Stevens Tom Keating

Technical Credits
Robert Mandel Director
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Jacqueline Cambas Editor
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Stanley Jaffe Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Sherry Lansing Producer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Darryl Ponicsan Screenwriter
Danton Rissner Executive Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Steinberg Screenwriter
Michael Tadross Associate Producer
Dick Wolf Original Story,Screenwriter
Steven Wolff Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Good-byes [9:13]
2. Welcome to St. Matthew's [3:18]
3. Mr. Cleary [6:52]
4. New Face On The Varsity [4:59]
5. Breaking Traditions [1:03]
6. Sink Or Swim [5:37]
7. Sally Wheeler [2:15]
8. Au revoir McGivern [2:04]
9. Payback [1:04]
10. Secret Weapon [7:07]
11. Great White Hope [4:52]
12. The Joke [4:56]
13. "Cowards" [2:13]
14. The One Important Thing [4:48]
15. Honor Code [3:30]
16. Tribunal [6:09]
17. Confession [2:13]

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