School Ties

1992

School Ties

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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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Brendan Fraser
as David Greene
Matt Damon
as Charlie Dillon
Chris O'Donnell
as Chris Reece
Randall Batinkoff
as Rip Van Kelt
Andrew Lowery
as 'Mack' McGivern
Cole Hauser
as Jack Connors
Amy Locane
as Sally Wheeler
Zeljko Ivanek
as Mr. Cleary
Ben Affleck
as Chesty Smith
Anthony Rapp
as Richard 'McGoo' Collins
Peter Donat
as Headmaster Dr. Bartram
Kevin Tighe
as Coach McDevitt
Michael Higgins
as Mr. Gierasch
Ed Lauter
as Allan Greene
John Cunningham
as Grayson Dillon
Elizabeth Franz
as Jane Dillon
Matt Hofherr
as Gray Dillon
Dan Desmond
as Mr. Wheeler
Claudia Everest
as Mrs. Wheeler
Leon B. Stevens
as Tom Keating
Sean Kent
as Keller
James Quinn
as 1st Boy
Will Lyman
as Swanson
William Meisle
as Winchester Headmaster
Susan Johnston
as Mary Ellen
Gregory Chase
as Cal Reynolds
Alice Duffy
as Chaperone
Thomas Rhett Kee
as Boy in Shower
Jane Nichols
as Swimming Coach
Colin F. Lydon
as Boy in Dining Room
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Critic Reviews for School Ties

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (16)

  • Well-meaning and earnest, "School Ties" (citywide) moves through its measured paces with dogged predictability.

    Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Good intentions go for naught as director Robert Mandel (F/X) pounds home every contrivance in the script by Darryl Ponicsan (Taps).

    May 12, 2001
  • There's a dramatic imbalance to Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan's screenplay.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for School Ties

  • Oct 06, 2011
    Brendan Fraser's best movie!
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2011
    This was pretty good. I'm not a big fan of Brendan Fraser, but he wasn't too bad. Pretty good cast overall and a good story. I didn't realize this was such an issue in the '50s, and it was interesting to learn about.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2010
    Is it worth breaking tradition? Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a gifted student and an all-American high school football player admitted into a Catholic school for the academically talented, for the purpose of giving them a winning football team and giving himself almost certain admittance into Harvard. With the exception of the coach and a few high-up faculty members, no one knows that David is Jewish and when he realizes that almost everyone there hates Jews, he hides his ethnicity. Of course, someone eventually finds out and David now faces intense racism from those who were once his friends including Charlie (played by Matt Damon) who takes a liking to David until David steals his position on the football team and even the girl he has a crush on. David, now ostracized by his peers, has a chance at redemption when he sees one of the other students cheating on the midterm exam but the tables are turned when he himself is accused of cheating. The rest of the film focuses on whether or not the truth will come out and what the consequences are. Lots of attractive young actors here including Cole Hauser, Ben Affleck and Chris O'Donnell who shines as David's roommate with a heart of gold who doesn't agree with the religious discrimination!
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2009
    The Sad thing is that there is still that hate against Jews going around. Outstanding peformance by Brendan Fraser
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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