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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

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
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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

23 November 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Chlodne wyzyny  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Garrett Morris, the producers did not want to cast him in the role of Mr. Mason because they felt that he looked too young. Morris was a real-life schoolteacher at the time. Director Michael Schultz insisted that Morris was right for the role. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in 1964, yet we hear several Motown songs, such as "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops and the Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love" from 1965 and "Reach Out, I'll Be There" by the Four Tops from 1966. 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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Version of What's Happening!! (1976) 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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