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Charles Purpura scribed this semi-autobiographical tale about his experiences in a Brooklyn Catholic school of 1965. The film focuses on several Catholic school boys who get into ever increasing amounts of trouble with the presiding priests of the Catholic school, St. Basil's. Andrew McCarthy plays Michael Dunn, a newly arrived student who latches onto the class egghead Caesar (Malcolm Danare), who is constantly picked on by the class bully Rooney (Kevin Dillon). Rooney intimidates Michael and Caesar to become his erstwhile chums and, along with a few other quiet students, they receive corporal punishment for minor infractions, disrupting communion and confession and, ultimately, their antics inspire changes in the strict school hierarchy. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Donald Sutherland
as Brother Thadeus
John Heard
as Brother Timothy
Andrew McCarthy
as Michael Dunn
Mary Stuart Masterson
as Danni
Kevin Dillon
as Rooney
Malcom Danare
as Caesar
Jennifer Dundas
as Boo
Kate Reid
as Grandma
Wallace Shawn
as Father Abruzzi
Jay Patterson
as Brother Constance
Philip Bosco
as Brother Paul
Patrick Dempsey
as Corbet
Stephen Geoffreys
as Williams
Sherry Steiner
as Social Worker
Dana Barron
as Janine
George Anders
as Brother Augustus
Mary Koch
as Cafeteria Lady
Calvert Deforest
as Bridge Operator
Yeardley Smith
as Cathleen
Vic Polizos
as Police Officer
Ed Zang
as Confessor
Imogene Bliss
as Cook
Janice Fuller
as Passenger
William Eustace
as Brother William
Nolan Carley
as Bartender
Jody Jensen
as Girl
John Bentley
as 1st Man
Douglas Seale
as Brother Dominic
Richard Hamilton
as Grandpa
Donald Breitman
as Brother Gregory
Henry Fehren
as Priest Celebrant
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Danni's Father
Kachina Myers
as Girl
Christopher Durang
as Priest
Al Cerullo
as Pilot
Mel Winkler
as Willie
Pamela Galvin
as Sister Thomasina


Michael Dinner
Dan Wigutow
Kenneth Utt
Mark Carliner
Charles Purpura
Miroslav Ondrícek
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen A. Rotter
Michael Molly
Production Designer
Robert Guerra
Art Director
Joseph G. Aulisi
Costume Designer
Jeremy Ritzer
Kenneth Utt
Production Manager
Howard Feuer
Carl Fullerton