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School Ties
School Ties
Actors: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery
Director: Robert Mandel
Genres: Drama
PG-13     1999     1hr 46min

Brendan Fraser plays a student attending a wealthy boarding school on a football scholarship in the 1950s. When the other kids find out he's Jewish--a fact he's been hiding--his fortunes and relationships instantly change....  more »

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Actors: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery
Director: Robert Mandel
Creators: Freddie Francis, Danton Rissner, Michael Tadross, Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe, Darryl Ponicsan, Dick Wolf
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/29/1999
Original Release Date: 09/18/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 09/18/1992
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 11/20/2013...
Very good movie. Love the actors and give a good look at how it use to be for Jews in the world. Each actor played an important part. I really enjoyed seeing the difference in some people's reaction to different things in life.
Ed P. (Orev) from NIXA, MO
Reviewed on 10/23/2010...
Excellent movie.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Melody M. from GALENA, MO
Reviewed on 8/30/2010...
I have always loved this movie it is great.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

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Prejudice of Privilege
W. Easley | Colorado Rocky Mountains | 09/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

Sometimes I imagine being back in school in the 1950s. My memories are filled with happy times and significant events in the world. I enjoyed the movie "School Ties." I like distinct things about this film: the characterization, the setting, and especially the clear picture of attitudes that were prevalent during the 1950s.

Watching the performances of several actors early in their careers is fun. The cast includes Brandan Fraiser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, and Ben Affleck. In "School Ties" they are very young but their performances are good and fun to view. Brandon is especially impressive as the main character, a Jewish athlete attending a Christian boarding school.

"School Ties" is a wonderful portrayal of life in the 1950s, with marvelous attention to detail in the cars, buildings and dress. Even the mannerisms of the people, the songs used as background, the human attitudes, and the language the characters use, is realistic. Finally this film captures the interaction between genders exactly as it was then.

"School Ties" presents an underlying theme of bigotry. It depicts the myriad ways in which otherwise pleasant people become vicious in their hatred of people different from themselves - based only on rumor and discrimination passed on to them from others, such as parents and peers.

"School Ties" is a story of prejudice told well - deep feelings that lead to unthinkingly horrible results. The film gives precise depiction of ignorant hate from fear of the unknown. If someone asked one of the principle characters why he believes jews are bad people, the answer would be "everybody knows."
I recommend this movie.