School Ties ★★★ 1992 (PG-13)
Encino man Fraser does a dramatic turn as a talented 1950s quarterback who gets a scholarship to the elite St. Matthew prep school. To conform with the closedmin dedness of the McCarthy era, both his fa ther and coach suggest that he hide his Jewish religion. Fraser's compliance results in his big-man-on-campus status, un til his rival in football and his love interest both find out that he is Jewish, creating an ugly rift in the school. What easily could have been just another teen hunk flick looks at much more than just Fraser's pretty face in successful, unflinching treatment of anti-Semitism. 110m/C VHS, DVD . Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery, Cole Hauser, Ben Affleck, Anthony Rapp, Amy Locane, Peter Donat, Zeljko Ivanek, Kevin Tighe, Michael Higgins, Ed Lauter; D: Robert Mandel; W: Darryl Ponicsan, Dick Wolf; C: Freddie Francis; M: Maurice Jarre.