School Ties (1992)


“I’ll honor your tradition. I’ll go to the Headmaster and I’ll lie. ” – David Green

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Cable in the 90’s and 8 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A Jewish high school student from Pennsylvania is recruited to play football for a New England prep school where he encounters racial intolerance towards his religion.

My Take on it – This film manages to take a normal coming of age tale and expand it into a morality play about racial intolerance in (modern) elitist society.

The story starts off as a normal one about intramural sports and dives into something much deeper as soon as we realize that there is a racial issue slightly under the surface.

The fact that this is based on truth (see trivia below) says so much about these kind of situations which were much more prevalent at the time.

The story manages to mix different ideas together here which work really well when trying to see what kind of world these characters lived in 60+ years ago.

The cast is great with Brenden Fraser doing a wonderful job in the lead role.

He is helped by supporting roles by Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell and Ben Affleck who were all pretty much unknown at the time this was made.

I liked the way that this film starts off feeling like just another Dead Poet’s Society (1989) because of the similar time period and an elitist high school story and then makes a quick turn and becomes something else entirely.

This film also tries to explore why there is this feeling of intolerance and doesn’t quite come up with a definitive answer yet still works quite well.

Bottom Line – Really interesting film that tries to tackle the issue of racial intolerance in (modern) elitist society.  This film may seem like a regular coming of age tale, but due to the way that the story is layered, we get much more than that. The cast is great with Fraser doing a wonderful job in the lead role. Lots of familiar faces populate the rest of the cast including Damon, O’Donnell and Affleck.  This film is done really well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie is based on the personal experiences of writer and television producer Dick Wolf. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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3 thoughts on “School Ties (1992)

  1. Agree with you here, a really good movie with an incredible young cast (of – as you said – unknowns at the time it was made). Fraser was excellent. I keep thinking that watching him recently on TRUST (another telling of the J. Paul Getty III kidnapping story), where Fraser is kind of hamming it up with the role of a Texas enforcer for the elder Getty – and packing on considerable poundage since his high school football playing days. Still a good actor though.

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