School Ties


A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950's and hides his religion until a jealous bigot forces it out in the open.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 6.7/10 (10,149 voted)

Robert Mandel

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell

David Green 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 his friends for fear of being rejected.

Writers: Dick Wolf, Dick Wolf


Brendan Fraser

David Greene

Matt Damon

Charlie Dillon

Chris O'Donnell

Chris Reece

Randall Batinkoff

Rip Van Kelt

Andrew Lowery

'Mack' McGivern

Cole Hauser

Jack Connors

Ben Affleck

Chesty Smith

Anthony Rapp

Richard 'McGoo' Collins

Amy Locane

Sally Wheeler

Peter Donat

Headmaster Dr. Bartram

Zeljko Ivanek

Mr. Cleary

Kevin Tighe

Coach McDevitt

Michael Higgins

Mr. Gierasch

Ed Lauter

Alan Greene

Peter McRobbie


Just Because You're Accepted Doesn't Mean You Belong.

Release Date: 18 September 1992

Filming Locations: Acton Indoor Tennis Club – 908 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,020,071
(20 September 1992)
(595 Screens)

Gross: $14,715,067

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The Hebrew prayer that David (Brendan Fraser) recites in the chapel is the "Avenu Malkenu" (literally, "Our Father, Our King), which is a series of petitions to God to grant atonement. The prayer is repeated throughout the High Holy Days (the ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur). The holiday for which David misses services because of the football game was Rosh Hashanah (the New Year in the Jewish calendar).


After David's brawl in the alley, his face is bruised. This brown mark later fades and again darkens between shots of him walking through the preparatory school for the first time.


David Green:
I'll honor your tradition. I'll go to the Headmaster and I'll lie.

User Review

"Is it worth breaking tradition"?

Rating: 8/10

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 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.