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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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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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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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23 November 1979 (West Germany)  »

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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

Preacher: Dorothy the only thing I know, is that your momma's a hoe!
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The ending of the movie tells the futures of the fictional characters. See more »

Connections

Features Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Love
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Supremes
Courtesy of Motown Records
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User Reviews

Underrated minor classic.
14 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film, which was the foundation for "What's Happening?", contains the very things that recent films about teens and high school lack: comedy, and true emotion. The film takes place in Chicago, 1964, and centers on a group of lower-class black kids, including Preach, a smart student, and his close friend, Cochise, a great athlete who's on the verge of getting a scholarship. While it does contain similarities to George Lucas' "American Graffitti", the film has a lot of energy and substance to easily overlook that fact. There are many funny moments, including a scene where the boys joyride with Preach behind the wheel; a scene where the boys cut class and head to the zoo, ending with a hilarious encounter with a gorilla; and a scene where Preach hides from gangbangers in an occupied bathroom. There's also romance in the film, as Preach attempts to woo classy beauty Brenda; the two even lose their virginity together in a truly tasteful scene. The movie ends in tragedy, and since the characters have depth, we feel the loss. I highly recommend this one to all; it's got more going for it than 99.9% of what's playing today (and it's got a great Motown soundtrack to boot!).


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