School Ties

6.91 h 47 min1992X-RayPG-13
A working class football star must hide the fact that he is Jewish from his blue blood classmates at a prestigious New England prep school in the 1950's. Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon and Amy Locane star in this period drama.
Robert Mandel
Brendan FraserMatt DamonChris O'Donnell
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Stanley R. JaffeSherry Lansing
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Talara MastersReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020
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I Am a Woman...I was middle class...I wanted mother told me when I was 7 if I wanted to go to college I would have to find my own way for my father will not help any of us to go to college. I was a tomboy...I knew if I played sports w/the guys that would give me the edge that I needed to be a great athlete. I took my 8th Grade Girls
Basketball Team to an All Win NO Loss Season....w/out Me they would've not accomplish this, yet I wasn't the Captain of the Team. I had to go to college outside of our township....a place high school looked down upon...I wasn't aware of this mentality till I got there. Every game...I was in the jr. yr my parents divorced I lost my family home had to attend jr yr in a different state. My Sr. yr made it back to my high school. I had to work...I couldn't go out for Volleball & the coach retaliated by spreading I was gay I was furiated & threatened to sue if he didn't retract that lie. Major University in Chicago gave me a full 4yr basketball scholarship...the coach wanted it to go to another person b'cuz he couldn't get me to physically take out key players of teams we played against. I don't play that way. They told him it is only for Me. in 1980...girls didn't have the same rights as guys. Guys don't need a parental one can take their scholarships away...but us Women...we didn't have that right. My father refused to amount of teachers, parents, scouts, superintendant of schools...nothing would get him to give me what I worked so friggen hard to have....what I had to overcome....what all was taken. I tell you...prejudices are real mental illnesses & it doesn't matter what type of prejudice it's all horrifically destructive. What some ppl will do especially when there is jealousy & I had to deal w/that too especially by my 8th grade teachers who thought I didn't deserve what I worked for....that it should be the more prominent teacher went as far as to say I didn't turn in my homework I was to be sitting on the bench the next game. but my class all stood up for Me & told my coach the truth. Coach took into the hallway...said knows that teacher is lying...sit out 1 game...and assured Me...this will never happen to me again. I tell you this....what has gotten me thru my entire life...what you got inside of you is all you really got in this life. Betrayal is far worse than rape...whether you betray someone or you betray will never get that part of yourself back. This movie is an excellent teacher of this. This movie had it all...prejudice....betrayal...the ugliness of mental illness that comes with prominent families. In the end of this movie....Righteousness Prevailed. In the late 60's when we were getting our soldiers home & stopped the Vietnam war...and Nixon sent in soldiers at Kent State University & started shooting students...first school shooting in the history of USA....We All Said...We Are Alone...Its Up To Us...We HAVE to Be There For Each Other. Hitch hiking was very safe to do....for We Were There For One Another....everyone was helped no matter who they were. This film needs to be seen for todays generations so they can take the baton from our hands & continue this journey back to us across the finish line. Watch this & tell your families & friends about it. w/the covid 19 threat...we are helping each other...feeding one another...etc....the heart of this movie is the Heart of Americans. No more privilege more taking from everyone & having govt officials & the wealthy giving their kids all the breaks & we pay for their education bills. No More..!!! 5 Stars on this Movie....I deeply encourage all....don't skip this it...and watch it again & again. For in life...Life will test Your Soul...the Condition of Your be ready so you don't fail...if you can always recover if you will follow thru w/what is right. Wish you all the best & the best of success. Know Thyself is the Greatest Gift one can ever give to themselves.
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Trevor HendersonReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2017
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High school seniors face moral dilemmas fighting to be good enough
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Can a working class public high school senior handsome hot shot quarterback succeed at an exclusive rich man’s private boarding school by turning a losing football team into a winner?

Besides being from the wrong side of the tracks with both parents working in grimey industrial Scranton, Pennsylvania Brendan Fraser is also a Jew, something his coach warns him must be kept a secret from his blue-blooded privileged Protestant classmates. No other rich man’s boarding school would accept Jews. The prejudice is soon made clear as his classmates make anti-Jew remarks.

The stakes are high for rich boys who must graduate with the minimal requirements to be admitted to an Ivy League university then a guaranteed life of money and power. Will they use any means to pass?
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Miss MaggieReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018
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I had a boyfriend who was Jewish, while at ...
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I had a boyfriend who was Jewish, while at Lehigh University he had a roommate who went on & on about "Jews". When he graduated my ex told his roommate, by the way, I'm Jewish. His roommate said, but you go fishing, camping & you ride a can't be a Jew. This was in the 80"s you would think people weren't so ignorant but they were & still are.
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Doctor B.Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
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I identified with him
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This is an excellent movie showing the corrosive effect of prejudice. Once his classmates found of his Jewish identify, anti-Semitism and prejudice reared its ugly head. A few (too few) of his peers stood by him.

I identified with him because as a Muslim who also came from a working class family and went to an Ivy League school, I too have experienced prejudice all the way though graduate school and now as a professional. However, there have been a few who couldn't care less what my faith community is, and who have stood by me. They have been my life long friends, come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and faith communities, and represent to me the true spirit of what it means to be human.
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Author AuthorReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
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Very good film featuring an ensemble of future stars
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This is one of the early films for a group of guys who would go on to fame: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Brendan Fraser, and Anthony Rapp (best known for Rent) and others you will recognize. The central themes are racism-religious bigotry, elitism, and the true meaning of honor. Brendon Fraser stars as the working class kid brought to a prestigious Massachusetts prep school on a scholarship on the strength of his football skills. But it turns out to be tough going for him. I give it five stars because it is quality from start to finish in terms of cast, acting, script, locations and so on. It draws you into having an emotional and moral investment in what is happening, and is instructive and entertaining at the same time. New Englanders might have fun recognizing some of the locations used in "School Ties."
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
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Standing up to anti-Semetism and telling off the man
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Racism against African Americans and other minorities is well known in America. Less well known is the discrimination Jews faced in the U.S. Anti-Semitism was strong in this country. That’s the topic of School Ties where Brendon Fraser goes to a private prep school in the 1950s where he is the only Jew amongst the White Anglo Saxon Protestant student body. He decides to fit in, which is aided by the fact that he’s the starting quarterback and hide his religion.

Like any good story it has its ups and downs from finding a girl to getting a banner posted in his room with a swastika on it. Fraser plays a very smart character who not only stands up for himself but realizes the position he’s in and uses it to his advantage. There’s a great scene at the end where he tells off the headmaster. Matt Damon goes from friend to foe and plays the rich kid who thinks he can do anything well.
Crystal's CornerReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2020
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A Terriffic and Unusual “High School” Movie
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Brendon Frazier, even though young, proves in School Ties that he is a versatile actor that can make you feel what he is going through whether good, sad, happy or painful. There are many well known actors in School Ties besides our hero such as Matt Damon in his first movie, Chris O’Donall from NCIS Las Angela’s, Ben Affleck and others. The acting from all the stars was well done and believable which is why this movie is a must buy. You can get it on a dvd but I purchased it to stream on Amazon Prime. That way I will have School Ties to watch on my TV, IPhone, Lap Top, IPad, etc. You won’t be disappointed!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie Sad but very true
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This movie deals with prejudice, in this case against Jewish people Although set in the 1950's its still true today. Chris O'Donnell's part was sad because he tried to get others to listen but no one would. He took an excellent part
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