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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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 <chanteuse@worldnet.att.net>

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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  »

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$1,468,300 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Michael Rapaport and Kevin Corrigan would later appear in True Romance (1993), and Big Fan (2009) as well. See more »


Nikki: Why you gotta be so loud?
Nut: To be heard.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


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Excellent teen drama. Extremely underrated movie.
24 October 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Zebrahead' is an excellent, little known movie that manages to realistically portray racial issues in a contemporary teen movie without being saccharine or too preachy. Michael Rapaport, best known for playing supporting roles of losers in movies like 'True Romance', 'Cop Land' and 'Kiss Of Death', is given a strong leading role here and does very well with it. Surprisingly it was his movie debut and he rarely been given a part as good as this since. N'Bushe Wright, best known for 'Blade', is also excellent as his love interest Nikki, and the late Ray Sharkey ('Who'll Stop The Rain?') is first rate as his womanizing father. The rest of the supporting cast, mostly all young and unknown, are all very good, and the strange cameo by Kevin Corrigan ('Bandwagon', 'Buffalo '66') is unexplained but fascinating. Writer/director Anthony Drazan went on to make the equally overlooked 'Imaginary Crimes' and 'Hurlyburly'. All three movies deserve a lot more attention.

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