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School Daze (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  12 February 1988 (USA)
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A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.



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In the South of the United States are taking place confrontations between two groups of students who have different ideas and are not able to accept the one of the opponent. Written by Volker Boehm

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aulas turbulentas  »

Filming Locations:


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$6,500,000 (estimated)


$14,545,844 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When the Gamma Rays are singing I Don't Want to Be Alone Tonight, towards the end of the song, the audio and picture don't add up. The audio is slightly ahead. See more »


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Doris Witherspoon: [as Jane turns and flips her hair] It's not real!
Dina: [as the Jiggaboos laugh] Say what?
Lizzie Life: You heard
Rachel Meadows: It... ain't... even... real.
Jane Toussaint: You wish you had hair like this.
Doris Witherspoon: Girl, you know you weren't even born with blue eyes!
Lizzie Life: That's right. Blue contact lenses.
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Cedrick Napoleon - Bass Guitar
Branford Marsalis - Tenor Saxophone
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Great movie but not for everyone
9 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie! I have it on VHS and DVD.

I always related to this movie. As an African American man who was actively pressuring the institution of "higher learning" that I was attending at the time to divest from South Africa, I felt like one of "Da fellas". My boys and I even went to see it in a raggedy Chevrolet.

I completely vibed with the whole frat versus GDI issue. As a student at a northern predominantly white institution some of the other issues around skin color were new to me.

A must see for any African American student attending or planning on attending college - especially if they plan on attending an Historically Black Colege or University.

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