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Zebrahead (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 October 1992 (USA)
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A white, hip-hop loving teen falls in love with a black girl.



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Dan Ziskie ...
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Marsha Florence ...
Shula Van Buren ...
Ron Johnson ...
Ray Sharkey ...
Glenn Dossin ...
Martin Priest ...
Shirley Benyas ...
Jason Willinger ...


This is a Romeo and Juliet type tale based in Detroit, Michigan. Two young men, Zack, a white teen accused of "acting black" and Dee, an African American teen, defy racial lines and form a strong friendship. When Zack begins dating Dee's cousin Nikki, his white friends presume he's seeing her because of sexual stereotypes about black women, while her black friends can't believe her interest in him. Additional conflict is added when Nut, a local black gang-banger pursues Nikki for himself and undisguised but contained racial tensions in their respective neighborhoods and the high school they all attend erupt in violence. Written by <>

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conflicto en Detroit  »

Box Office


$1,468,300 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot at Frank Cody High School In the summer of 1991. See more »


Nikki: Why you gotta be so loud?
Nut: To be heard.
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Referenced in I'm Alan Partridge: The Colour of Alan (2002) See more »


Jump for Me
Written by Count Basie
Published by Warner Chappell Music
Courtesy of Sony Music
Performed by Count Basie and His Orchestra
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Intensely moving
13 January 2003 | by (Selbyside - St. Paul, MN USA) – See all my reviews

The performances in the film are terrific. From Mike Rappaport to new-comer N'Bushe Wright, this little sleeper hit is sure to appeal to all genders, races, ages, etc. The message in the movie is the most important part of all. I wish I could see some more of Ray Sharkey's work, he is most impressive.

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