With Honors

Synopsis: Monty is a student, and when his computer crashes, he's left with only a single paper copy of his thesis. Frightened of losing it, he immediately rushes out to photocopy it, only to stumble and drop it down a grate. Searching the basement of the building, he discovers that it has been found by Simon, a squatter. Simon makes a deal with Monty: for every day's accomodation and food that Monty gives him, he will give a page of the thesis in return.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Alek Keshishian
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

other than its faith...

...in the wisdom of ordinary people

to govern themselves.

Faith in the wisdom of the people...

...is exactly what makes the Constitution

incomplete and crude.


No, sir. Our founding parents were

pompous, middle-aged white farmers...

...but they were also great men...

...because they knew one thing

that all great men should know!

That they didn't know everything.

They knew they'd make mistakes,

but they left a way to correct them.

They didn't think of themselves as leaders.

They wanted a government

of citizens, not royalty.

A government of listeners, not lecturers.

A government that could change,

not stand still.

The president isn't an elected king,

no matter how many bombs he can drop...

...because the crude Constitution

doesn't trust him.

He's a servant of the people.

He's a bum, okay, Mr. Pitkannan.

He's just a bum.

The only bliss he's searching for is...


and justice!

I'm sorry, sir.

Hey, Simon, are you okay? What can I do?

I'm fine.

Now that I've taught at Harvard, boy...

...it's all downhill from here.


Do you think Debby is a seductive

Pinot Noir, or a nutty Cabernet?

Debby. What happened to Helga?

I love them both.

When'll you realize women are more

than just fermented grape juice?

When'll you realize men are more

than just pieces of meat?

The day I become a vegetarian.

Listen, it's supposed to go

below zero tonight.

Is it okay if he sleeps in the cellar tonight?

- Sure.

- No problem.

No problem.

There's a big problem.

I am sick of paying my share of....

Paying extra to live with a rooster

and a bum, while I want to study.

Bring him inside the house and I leave.

Me and my share of the rent.

Then leave.

I'm serious.

Are you going to cover my rent?

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William Mastrosimone

William Mastrosimone (born August 19, 1947) is an American playwright and screenwriter from Trenton, New Jersey. He attended high school at The Pennington School and received a graduate degree in playwrighting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, a part of Rutgers University. His plays include The Woolgatherer, Extremities, Shivaree, and Cat's Paw. He also wrote Bang Bang You're Dead, which was once able to be downloaded from the Internet and performed by students for free. Other plays include The Afghan Women and Nanawatai, upon which the film The Beast is based. Two recent plays are Sleepwalk, a story again focusing on the traumas of modern teenage life, and "Dirty Business", a play about a party girl caught between the mafia and the newly elected President of the United States. Mastrosimone's first play was The Woolgatherer which premiered at Rutgers Theatre Company in New Jersey of 1979.His screenwriting credits include, With Honors, Into the West and the adaptation of his play Extremities. He won 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for Bang, Bang You're Dead and was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for Into the West and The Burning Season. His play "Bang Bang You're Dead" is being toured by 'Playground Theatre Project' with students from Actor's Playground School of Theatre (in NJ), directed by Ralph Colombino, based in the Tri-State Area. This company goes to middle schools, high schools, and universities to prevent violence. more…

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