With Honors

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Monty, a Harvard politics student (Fraser), is struggling to finish his thesis when the only copy falls into the hands of Simon, a wily bum (Pesci). Attempting to retrieve it, Monty realises he has much to learn and Simon that he has much to teach. As an entertaining demonstration, Simon delivers an impromptu lecture on the role of the common man in the US Constitution, hence the presence of Gore Vidal as a supercilious tutor who hopes that the repetition of his cynical ideals will allow Monty to graduate 'With Honors'. A slight film, reiterating the simpler aspects of its theme (making your way in the world), but one with brains and heart. Attractive performances, handsome photography by Sven Nykvist, and charming music by Patrick Leonard, go some way to offset the clich├ęs and sentimentality.

Release details

Duration: 193 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alek Keshishian
Screenwriter: William Mastrosimone, Israel Horovitz
Cast: Joe Pesci
Brendan Fraser
Moira Kelly
Josh Hamilton
Gore Vidal
Deborah Fortson

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3.8 / 5

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barbara

I enjoyed the movie and had a little weep but couldn't recognise the poetry book featured was it that miserable old coot John Donne?