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Higher Learning (1995)

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  11 January 1995 (USA)
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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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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 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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The fictitious college of Columbus University where the film takes place was actually in south-central Los Angeles; production designer Keith Brian Burns turned some old dilapidated buildings into frat houses. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after Malik leaves Prof. Phipps' office for the last time in the movie, the camera pans in on a plaque that reads "Columbus University: propter aurum quod autulerunt et propter sanguis quiem effuderunt." Apparently Columbus University's classics department doesn't live up to Columbus University's reputation as one of the nation's premier institutions of higher learning. The plaque is supposed to read, "Columbus University: propter aurum quod abstulerunt et propter sanguinem qui effudit." ("Columbus University: because of the gold that they have taken away and because of the blood that has flowed.") See more »

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[Malik confronts Remy after Remy shoots DÈja]
Remy: This is MY world! This is MY country! This is MY WORLD! You're nothing but a monkey. Look at me! I'm the man! I'm the man! You're NOTHING! You can't hurt me.
Malik Williams: FUCK YOU!
[Malik grabs Remy by the throat and starts choking him to death]
Malik Williams: God, I fucking HATE you! You're gonna DIE! You DEAD! You're gonna DIE!
[Malik continues to choke Remy until Campus Security forces him off]
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So Shallow My Ankles Didn't Even Get Wet
7 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Higher Learning" is a film only a superficial hippie-wanna-be could love. It's underlying theme is nauseatingly racist in nature all the while attempting to pass itself off as a film promoting tolerance of diversity. Bahhh! What an insult to the viewer's intelligence.

John Singleton has a blatantly obvious axe to grind with white folks. It is unfortunate that he utilizes cinema to perpetuate his agenda to turn people against one another in an effort to sell his lousy flicks.

To gripe about this film any further would be to pay undue homage to it and therefore I will end this with two words of advice... "steer clear"!


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