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Cooley High (1975)

In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the ... See full summary »

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Michael Schultz

Writer:

Eric Monte

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynn Turman ... Preach
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Cochise (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs)
Garrett Morris ... Mr. Mason
Cynthia Davis ... Brenda
Corin Rogers Corin Rogers ... Pooter
Maurice Leon Havis Maurice Leon Havis ... Willie
Joseph Carter Wilson Joseph Carter Wilson ... Tyrone
Sherman Smith Sherman Smith ... Stone
Norman Gibson Norman Gibson ... Robert
Maurice Marshall Maurice Marshall ... Damon
Steven Williams ... Jimmy Lee
Jackie Taylor Jackie Taylor ... Johnny Mae
Christine Jones Christine Jones ... Sandra
Lynn Caridine Lynn Caridine ... Dorothy
Mary Larkins Mary Larkins ... Preach's Mother
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Storyline

In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals and get falsely arrested in connection with stealing a Cadillac. We follow their lives through the end of high school and the dramatic end to their school year. Written by Anonymous

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Where the Student Body Was a Chick Named Veronica... The Senior Prom was a "belly rub" and the Class of '64 ran a Permanent crap game in the Men's Room! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlodne wyzyny See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1975
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Preaches' Mama, like many other actors in the movie, was a real-life resident of the Cabrini-Green housing project. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in 1964, but there are Afro hairdos and people giving the Black Power sign and saying "right on." We didn't see those things until about 1968. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: Dorothy the only thing I know, is that your momma's a hoe!
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Crazy Credits

The ending of the movie tells the futures of the fictional characters. See more »

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Featured in Black in the 80s: Color in Film (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Love
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Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
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User Reviews

I love this movie, but it's hardly "blaxploitation"
7 March 2004 | by Judexdot1See all my reviews

While this seems to be a black equivalent to "American Graffitti", I would hardly call this "Blaxploitation". Really not in the same boat as "Sweet Sweetbacks Badass Song", all those Pam Grier movies by Jack Hill, and the usual sort. Interesting to see Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in something other than "Welcome Back Kotter", or his low-rent action films. Interesting to note that "Kotter" comes up in a few posts, but I didn't see anyone mention that the TV show "What's Happening" (and the later, "What's Happening Now" I suppose), was based on, and inspired by this film, which is why I wanted to see it in the first place. This film is vastly superior to "What's Happening" (for many reasons, most obviously, the lack of the "Rerun" character), and has real heart. Also, it features some excellent use of Godzilla footage in the theatre scenes, something I always appreciate. If you haven't seen it, you really should.


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