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Plot: David Greene is brought into a prestigious 1950s school to help their football team to beat the school's old rivals. David, however, is from a working class background, so he isn't really "one of them", but he's very successful at making friends. David is a Jew, and has to keep this a secret from… Runtime: 106 min Release Date: 18 Sep 1992
If you haven't seen this movie yet, GO DO IT! Rented it on the suggestion of a friend, loved it so much I went out and bought it. It's a heart-touching movie, sad and yet triumphant. Although I agree with Mr. Fraser about the wince he does at the end.. he should have let the other kid just have it. Wonderful movie, two thumbs up from me. Go rent it. Lots of major actors back when they were young and relatively unknown, but still very, very good.
by far, my favorite movie of all time (by ItsGonnaBeJC)
ok, i admit it...at first i only bothered to rent this movie because Chris O'Donnell was in it. but little did i know how much i would love the movie and how much it would affect me. and that was about 5 years ago...and i still haven't found any other movie that comes close to this one this movie was really the launching pad for so many of the actors Brendan, Matt, Chris, Ben . and all of the characters have special attributes that really have an impact on the audience. Brendan Fraser's character, David Greene is the number one example. i have come to respect him so much because <more>
of his amazing performance in this film. he was the perfect actor to fit the role of David. Brendan did such a phenomenal job with his character...he truly captured the audience with his incredible performance. David is a character who inspires others to never back down, and to never give in.Matt Damon also did a great job in this movie. it's hard for a squeaky-clean actor to play such a bigotted, prejudiced 'prick' of a character like Charlie Dillon, but Damon pulls it off wonderfully. he's the type of character that the audience loves to hate.Chris O'Donnell as usual plays the sweet/caring, boy-next-door character that he is so well known for portraying in his films. he is my favorite actor..no one else comes close to him. Chris' performance in this movie really affects the audience because we learn that sometimes we have to go against the majority and really stand up for our beliefs. his character is understanding, strong, and true and he develops his character into one that the audience really looks up to and appreciates.Other actors such as Andrew Lowery McGivern , Randall Batinkoff Rip , Cole Hauser Jack Conners , and Amy Locane Sally also have an impact on the audience. we all feel McGivern's pain throughout his battle with Mr. Cleary. we all wonder whether or not Rip is going to turn in Charlie for cheating. we all have animosity towards Sally when she can't accept David's religion. we all have different and distinct feelings toward each of the characters, and there aren't many movies that i can say that about. there hasnt been any other film that has affected me from so many different angles before.this is truly an amazing movie and it has been and will continue to be the greatest movie that i have ever seen.
Lord I can not believe this, I must type ten lines of words before this will publish. All I really wanted to say was that I really loved this movie, and would recommend it to anyone. The actors did a outstanding job in this movie. I do have a question though, in the movie there is a dorm scene where the guys are hanging out singing to this son "smokey Joe's café" I wish I knew the name of that song and who sings it. I can't get it out of my head and want it... any help would be greatly appreciated? I've tried looking up Smokey Joe's Cafe but am not able to find it. <more>
Some of those oldie songs are better then this new junk that comes out and so when I heard this one I really wanted it. I thought this was a great story to even show kids how we shouldn't treat one another unfairly. I had my son watch it with me. He really enjoyed the movie and in fact watched it twice with me. Well I hope this is enough lines. I'm not that talkative...
Jewish middle-class boy gets into elite-highschool, and gets into trouble when he hides the fact that he's jewish. (by flickaddict)
Great drama with even greater performances from the relatively young and unknown cast. Especially Brendan Fraser's acting is really intense. One of his first roles, and in my opinion his best. He was not yet as famous as he is now after, for example, a film as 'the Mummy' , but I think that his acting never had the intensity and credibility of that part. In fact, I was shocked when I discovered that it was in fact Fraser in the horrible " George of the jungle' ! How could a fine actor like him accept such a terrible role ? Also Matt Damon also an unknown actor at <more>
that time and the other young actors are great. A terrific, subtle drama !9 out of 10 !
I am a huge fan of Fraser, and I own most of his movies. I have always enjoyed School Ties, although I never really appreciated it until I spent my first week in college. Feeling completely different and alone, I put the video in my TV/VCR combo and hermitted for two hours. I may not of faced the harshness that Greene felt, and I was not the victim of some anti-ethnic group, but I was pressured into doing a lot of stuff that I didn't feel comfortable doing, just like Fraser's character. They way he handled it made me realize that I shouldn't give in to anyone....I love you <more>
Brendan, you are my hero. Even if it was just a role.
The Tie that Binds- School Ties **** (by edwagreen)
Anti-semitism was alive and functioning quite well in America in the 1950s.Our film takes place in 1955. At the local Roxie Theater, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, "Rebel Without A Cause" is playing. What an appropriate title. In this film, our "rebel," Brendan Fraser, does have a cause.At first, I laughed. Brendan Fraser playing a young Jewish guy. The laugh is on me. He comes across in a wonderful performance as a typical American young man who happens to be Jewish.Scouted by an elite Catholic prep school, Fraser takes the challenge by transferring to the Boston school. It <more>
is here that we see that anti-semitism is rampant among the supposed elite of the young students attending there. The Jewish people are stereotyped in the usual ways that we have been denounced through the ages. It must be said that Christian people are negatively stereotyped here as well.Warned by the scout to keep it quiet that he is Jewish, Fraser seems to assimilate among the other students. His winning ways at a football game get him endeared with the rest of the guys.In fact, he falls for the girl that fellow student Matt Damon likes. Naturally, via a slip it comes out that Fraser is Jewish and he is subjected to the worst torments by the rest of the students. His girlfriend, in addition, now rejects him because her grandmother would turn over in her grave if she ever she heard that she was dating a Jewish boy.Here is a school that prides itself on its honor codes. They know full well what is going on. Talk of honor at this bastion of bigotry? This is hypocrisy at its worst.The film also deals with pressures of student life-getting good grades so as to get into the Ivy League Schools.As I'm not one of the most optimistic people, for me, the picture ended well. Green Fraser tells the headmaster off. "You used me to improve the football team and I will use you to get into Harvard."He walks off the campus a determined but yet a bitter young man. Great to see a film end like this rather than we all sat down and lived happily ever after. I might be sounding bitter but the theme here is not exactly "Mary Poppins." I liked this film so much because it depicts that upper class Americans went to church and then practiced hatred for the rest of the week. May I also state that Matt Damon is terrific in a supporting role as a bigot. He conveys the twisted and tormented hate that is so anti-American as well as anti-human. It's sad that the Oscar-winning film "Gentleman's Agreement" conveyed this in 1947. The unrelenting hatred goes on and on.
It's a line the headmaster of the school asks the star quarterback David Greene when he catches him praying at church after curfew but praying in observance of the Jewish new year. Greene's reply to the Headmaster of this Christian Prep Academy is..."mine or yours". This is the essence of the storyline. A Christian Prep Academy in New England is tired of mediocrity in football and losing to their arch rival so they compromise their admission standards by recruiting a brilliant student athlete from Pa. The problem isn't that David Greene doesn't measure up <more>
academically, it is that he is Jewish.Soon after coming to school Greene realizes his classmates disdain and ridicule for Jews. They scorn them and make stereotype remarks that bother Greene but he is determined to fit in. Eventually his classmates and friends discover his secret and this is as far as I go. See the movie and see how David and his friends handle the situation.Fine performances are put in by Brendan Fraser, as David Greene. You'll be astonished at the youthful talent in the movie as really good performances are put in by Matt Damon, his real life buddy Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, and all the others. I really enjoyed the story, the time setting, and the substance of the message.
More thoughtful than preachy. (by TOMASBBloodhound)
What is it about Jews that so many people hate them? From as far back as the Old Testament, to the weekly ramblings of Pat Buchanan and the fanatical Iranian president, Jews just can't seem to catch a break. What is it they've done that's so bad? They murdered Jesus, did they? And the Romans had nothing to do with that? Anyway, this is a better film than I expected. Not only does it give us an interesting protagonist, but it allows us to feel like the outsider he is when he arrives at the elite prep school. Regardless of their religion, few people ever get a chance to attend such <more>
a ritzy school. Brendan Fraser plays David Green, a working-class Jewish kid who gets a football scholarship to St. Matthews for his senior year. The school is filled with smart and athletic young men destined for Ivy League schools and eventual seats at the head table of our society. The other boys David quickly befriends are played by a who's who of young acting talent just before they became huge stars. Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck are all on display. Matt Damon's Charlie Dillion character is a real jerk. All the guys crack little Jewish jokes here and there, but once Damon learns the new kid's secret. He cranks the Anti-semitism level to really ugly levels.Luckily for these guys, David Green knows that he has a great chance of getting into Harvard if he just ignores their jokes as long as they don't find out he's a Jew. Green is a tough kid who's had to fight for everything he has, and he could easily beat the snot out of any of them. Once the secret is out, the boys he thought were his new friends suddenly become either indifferent to him, or his enemies. The new girlfriend from a nearby school who adored him also turns her back once she learns his religion. The film could have stopped there and just been a pro-tolerance kind of exercise, but luckily there are other things going on. One of the boys is caught cheating, but the faculty doesn't know who. Unless the boy comes forward, the entire history class will be flunked for breaking the honor code. Green becomes a suspect because he initially hid his religious identity. Will he to take a fall for the guy who cheated?? The film is thoughtful and has interesting characters where it could have just given us closed-minded bigots. Even though we know these guys are ant-Semites, we at least see them as real people with complex problems and motivations of their own. The film boasts some beautiful and realistic locations in most scenes. There are some subplots not fully motivated or fleshed out. What exactly happens to the boy who bolts from his French exam? What became of him after his nervous breakdown? And why did this film feel the need to recylce a gag from the movie Real Genius about putting an intellectual's car inside his dorm room?? Still a very good movie that might make you think twice about cracking ethnic jokes around people you don't know that well. 8 of 10 stars.The Hound.
A touching reference to racial segregation in 1950's America (by camrik505)
A brilliant 'coming-of-age' style film, in the tradition of "Dead Poet's Society". Starring a bevy of familiar faces during their up-and-coming phase: Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, Chris O'Donnell, Cole Hauser and Amy Locane, this brilliant flick explores the challenges of a young, Jewish hopeful, David Greene Fraser who hides his religion from a group of bigots upon entering a prestigious preparatory school. Unaware of his identity, the students welcome him into the fold, until a prejudiced student Damon discloses his identity after discovering a romantic <more>
friendship developing between his own girlfriend Amy Locane and Greene. When one of the students cheats on his final exam - and Greene is accused - the class is requested to deliberate on a verdict, forcing them to choose between their own personal prejudices and the struggle to be impartial. Brilliantly acted and directed. Add this one to your collection!