School Ties

School Ties

Robert Mandel (1992)

102min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Although responsible and challenging, School Ties isn't just a sermon sugared by the forceful presence of Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser. Sure, it has a serious message, but it is put over with a grasp of reality that gives it a better-than-average chance of getting through. The film is a mix of Gentleman's Agreement and the code-of-honour subplot of Scent of a Woman, as aspiring American footballer Fraser hides his Judaism to ensure that he succeeds at an exclusive school where racist remarks are part of polite conversation. Not all the pitfalls are avoided, but the performances are impressive.

Summary

A working-class Jewish student enrols at an elite high school where he has to lie about his faith to escape bullying from anti-Semitic bigots. The situation comes to a head when a jealous classmate discovers his secret and broadcasts it to the other students. Drama, starring Chris O'Donnell, Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Cast & Crew

David Greene Brendan Fraser
Charlie Dillon Matt Damon
Chris Reece Chris O'Donnell
Rip Van Kelt Randall Batinkoff
McGivern Andrew Lowery
Jack Connors Cole Hauser
Chesty Smith Ben Affleck
McGoo Anthony Rapp
Sally Wheeler Amy Locane
Headmaster Dr Bartram Peter Donat
Cleary Zeljko Ivanek
Coach McDevitt Kevin Tighe
Mr Gierasch Michael Higgins
Alan Greene Ed Lauter
Director Robert Mandel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains some swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama