School Ties (1992)
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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for School Ties
This is a bewildering mixture of fairly accomplished storytelling, awkward contrivances in the script, and lies in the overall conception so egregious they undercut any pretensions the film might have to social seriousness.
More notable perhaps for a roster of future stars and Oscar winners than for its unexceptional plot, this well executed film nevertheless has its charms.
School Ties has a leafy, genteel look that is somehow less than convincing, perhaps because the hairdos are too tidy and the resemblances to other prep-school stories too clear.
Good intentions go for naught as director Robert Mandel (F/X) pounds home every contrivance in the script by Darryl Ponicsan (Taps).
There's a dramatic imbalance to Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan's screenplay.
In the real world, it's more likely that Greene's working-class background would work harder against his acceptance at a snooty prep school than his religious beliefs, but School Ties largely ignores this angle.
The boys put in fine performances but sadly the script lacks the depth of what could have been a challenging story.
Fraser, O'Donnell, Damon and Affleck would all go on to have much hyped careers, and occasionally make better films than this overbearingly worthy classroom drama.
Though well-intentioned as a message picture, the film is too schematic and predictable, and ultimately may be more significant in featuring a new cohort of actors, including Brandon Frazer, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, and others.
Well-intentioned (and only occasionally mawkish) tale of college-boy anti-semitism.
Sensível e envolvente, o filme aborda o anti-semitismo (e o preconceito, de forma geral) através de uma história simples, mas eficaz. É surpreendente como Brendan Fraser pode ser um ótimo ator, quando assim deseja.
A solid movie about anti-semitism that is most noteworthy because of it's now famous cast.
...works due mostly to some fine performances and a well-paced script.
The stellar cast are brilliant. Brendan Fraser knocks the audience for six.
It's not often that a predictable script is turned into a worthwhile movie, but in the case of School Ties it has happened.
Audience Reviews for School Ties
an interesting coming of age film featuring a host of up and comers since turned big stars. the film deals well with the theme of prejudice, and walks the line well in portraying the pressure that many "privileged" kids are under. some of the sympathies that the writers tried to portray fell fairly flat, and the logic behind david greene doesnt hold up well enough upon scrutiny, but the major point was made effectively and the story was very engaging.More
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, Randall Batinkoff, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane, Cole Hauser, Andrew Lowery, Anthony Rapp, Zeljko Ivanek, Peter Donat, Kevin Tighe, Michael Higgins, Ed Lauter, Peter McRobbie
Director: Robert Mandel
Summary: David Greene (Brendan Fraser), a working-class Jewish teen, receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s. But in favor of fitting in, he chooses to hide his religion from his wealthy, prejudiced classmates. Greene soon becomes the team's star player and wins the attention of a beautiful debutante (Amy Locane). But when his heritage is revealed, his schoolmates' deep-seated hatred rises to the surface.
My Thoughts: "This film is a good example of how people label other people and put them into certain categories whether it be of religion, skin color, sexuality, or their nationality. This film focuses on a Jewish boy, but it speaks for everything I listed. You cannot, as they say, judge a book by it's cover. That is brilliantly shown in this film. With David withholding his religious beliefs, he is welcomed in as one of their own. But once he is outed by a fellow 'friend'(I use that term loosely), he is shunned by them all (well almost all). So instead of him being that person they had come to know him as, he was now in that labeled box of ignorance. You cannot judge a person or persons by a religion, race, nationality, sexuality, or by their appearance. They do not make up for that one person at fault. This film has great acting by all the well known actors of today. Great to go back and see them before they were such big stars. This has to be my favorite performance from Brendan Fraser. Great job by the entire cast. If you haven't seen it, then you should."
The Sad thing is that there is still that hate against Jews going around. Outstanding peformance by Brendan FraserMore
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