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Cooley High (1975)

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In the mid-1960's, 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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Preach
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Cochise
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Mr. Mason
Cynthia Davis ...
Brenda
Corin Rogers ...
Pooter
Maurice Leon Havis ...
Willie
Joseph Carter Wilson ...
Tyrone
Sherman Smith ...
Stone
Norman Gibson ...
Robert
Maurice Marshall ...
Damon
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Jimmy Lee
Jackie Taylor ...
Johnny Mae
Christine Jones ...
Sandra
Lynn Caridine ...
Dorothy
Mary Larkins ...
Preach's Mother
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In the mid-1960's, 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!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 November 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Chlodne wyzyny  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The movie is often called "the black American Graffiti" and it's easy to see why. American Graffiti (1973) was a nostalgic look back 11 years at white teenagers who had just graduated high school and were on the cusp of chasing their dreams. It ended with mugshots and "where are they now" captions. "Cooley High" was a nostalgic look back 12 years at black teenagers about to graduate high school and on the cusp of chasing their dreams to escape fun, but hard, lives. It ended with "where are they now?" comments superimposed on full screen shots of the characters. See more »

Goofs

When Cochise gets into the stolen car in front of Martha's he has on sneakers but after they crash the car and he and Preach are running he has on dress shoes. See more »

Quotes

Pooter: If I ain't goin', nobody's goin.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Martin: To Kill a Talking Bird (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday
Performed by G C Cameron
Music by Freddie Perren
Lyrics by Christine Yarian
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My favorite film of all times, straight up
23 May 2000 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This film set the standard for African-American film excellence when it was made. I heard on various stories on the film through time, that there was a push for an Academy Award nomination when it was released. This film plays on various emotions, and you definitely feel for all of the characters. Sure, some of the acting is a little wooden, but fortunately, those parts aren't pivotal. The music is sensational, and if you don't think the ending is a tear-jerker, you have no heart in your chest. If you watch "Cooley High", you will see that many, many films have copied various elements from it in order to strengthen their own films. The biggest example of this is "Boyz N The Hood".


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