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Higher Learning (1995)

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People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

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Storyline

Youngsters from different countries, races, and social background are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. They all have their own problems, such as finance, harrassment, personal safety, and self doubt. Additionally, campus life seems to be causing a problem for everyone: racism. Students, already under pressure to perform in the classroom, on the track, or in front of their friends, are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience, and misunderstanding. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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18.000 Estudiantes 33 Nacionalidades 6 Razas 2 Sexos 1 Campus (18,000 Students 33 Nationalities 6 races 2 Sexes 1 Campus) (Spain release) See more »


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Rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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11 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Higher Learning - Die Rebellen  »

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$38,290,723 (USA)
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Trivia

John Singleton wanted Sidney Poitier to play Prof. Maurice Phipps, but he was not available. Singleton's second choice was Samuel L. Jackson; the studio preferred Laurence Fishburne, who had worked successfully with Singleton in Boyz n the Hood (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Remy confronts Malik, by the statue, about Malik's black panther shirt and calls him a coon. Malik makes threats and Remy runs off. In the next scene Malik confronts Remy at his dorm room Malik states that Remy has been good about not saying anything to him. See more »

Quotes

Remy: How would you feel if I came in your room and I started playing my music.
Fudge: I wouldn't feel nothing. 'Cause it'd never happen.
Remy: Why not?
Fudge: 'Cause I'll whoop your ass. That's why.
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Referenced in Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) See more »

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SWAMP SONG
Written by John Easdale
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It should have been billed as a comedy. . .
28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only way to get anything out of this film is to approach it as a comedy. Seen in that light, it does deliver.

If you're looking for a serious movie, look somewhere else. This film has absolutely no depth and offers little more than a cursory and one dimensional examination of "issues" with no insight whatsoever.

Making a movie about stereotypes and then making every single character in your movie a stereotype is an extremely poor strategy - especially when those same characters only break their hackneyed molds in predictable, stereotypical ways.

Busta Rhymes and Ice Cube make the film almost watchable, and Michael Rappaport turns in a good performance, but the script is so awful and the social commentary is so trite, it's hard to find anything redeeming.


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