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School Ties

  • Drama
  • 1992
  • Robert Mandel
  • 102 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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David GreeneBrendan Fraser
Charlie DillonMatt Damon
Chris ReeceChris O'Donnell
Rip Van KeltRandall Batinkoff
McGivernAndrew Lowery
Jack ConnorsCole Hauser
Chesty SmithBen Affleck
McGooAnthony Rapp
Sally WheelerAmy Locane
Headmaster Dr BartramPeter Donat
ClearyZeljko Ivanek
Coach McDevittKevin Tighe
Mr GieraschMichael Higgins
Alan GreeneEd Lauter

Crew

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DirectorRobert Mandel

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1992-10-02
Languages
English | French | Hebrew
Guidance
Contains some swearing and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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