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A remake of the 1975 coming-of-age film about a group of friends going to high school in Chicago.

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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 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!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 November 1979 (West Germany)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Preacher: You guys think it's so funny because I want to be something besides a factory worker or a football player. Well, that's because you're a bunch of stupid niggers that don't know shit!
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The ending of the movie tells the futures of the fictional characters. See more »

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Features Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) See more »

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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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I love this movie, but it's hardly "blaxploitation"
7 March 2004 | by (Minneapolis MN USA) – See 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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