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Director:
Writer (WGA):
John Singleton (written by)
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Release Date:
11 January 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
18.000 Estudiantes 33 Nacionalidades 6 Razas 2 Sexos 1 Campus See more »
Plot:
People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Omar Epps ... Malik Williams

Kristy Swanson ... Kristen Connor

Michael Rapaport ... Remy

Jennifer Connelly ... Taryn

Ice Cube ... Fudge

Jason Wiles ... Wayne

Tyra Banks ... Deja

Cole Hauser ... Scott Moss

Laurence Fishburne ... Professor Maurice Phipps
Bradford English ... Officer Bradley

Regina King ... Monet

Busta Rhymes ... Dreads (as Busta Rhymez)

Jay R. Ferguson ... Billy (as Jay Ferguson)

Andrew Bryniarski ... Knocko

Trevor St. John ... James
Talbert Morton ... Erik

Adam Goldberg ... David Isaacs

J. Trevor Edmond ... Eddie

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Nicole (as Bridgette Wilson)

Kari Wuhrer ... Claudia (as Kari Salin)
John Walton Smith Jr. ... Coach Davis

Randall Batinkoff ... Chad Shadowhill
Malcolm Norrington ... Cory
Antonio Lewis Todd ... Adam (as Antonio Todd)

Tim Griffin ... Orientation Advisor
Patricia Forte ... Counselor
Sheila Ward ... Counselor

George LePorte ... Starting Judge
Warren Olney ... TV Reporter
D-Knowledge ... Himself
Skip O'Brien ... Security Guard
Joe Bugs ... Security Guard
Bill Evans ... Security Guard
Ernie Singleton ... Fudge's Homie
Dedrick D. Gobert ... Fudge's Homie
Bruce Williams ... Fudge's Homie
Richard D. Alexander ... Big Shorty

Michael B. Silver ... Frat Member

Graham Galloway ... Frat Member
Paul Kropfl ... Frat Member
James W. Smith ... Race Official
Walton Green ... Race Official
Mary Bakjian ... Race Official
Mista Grimm ... Drunk Student
Alicia Stevenson ... Monet's Friend

Vitamin C ... Festival Singer (as Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick)
Robby Parker ... Dogman
Pola Maloles ... Flyer Girl

Ingrid Walters ... Party Girl

Kiante Elam ... Black Pepper
Jamie Jo Medearis ... White Salt

Rick Avery ... Guard Beats Malik

Tony Donno ... Gay Victim
Cole McLarty ... Gay Victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jonny Blu ... Fraternity Guy (uncredited)

Morris Chestnut ... Track Anchor (uncredited)

Sebastian Feldman ... Frat Boy (uncredited)
Melanna Gray ... Track Athlete (uncredited)
Todd Livdahl ... Fraternity Guy (uncredited)

Maximilian A. Mastrangelo ... Sleeping Student In Classroom (uncredited)

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Student (uncredited)

Shawn Michael Perry ... Native American Student (uncredited)
Ark Sano ... Pianist (uncredited)

Rayder Woods ... Fraternity Vandal (uncredited)

Directed by
John Singleton 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Singleton (written by)

Produced by
Paul Hall .... producer
John Singleton .... producer
Dwight Williams .... co-producer (as Dwight Alonzo Williams)
 
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Cannon 
 
Casting by
Jaki Brown  (as Jaki Brown-Karman)
Kimberly Hardin 
 
Production Design by
Keith Brian Burns 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Holland 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael C. Claypool 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Oditz 
 
Makeup Department
Linda Arnold .... hair stylist
Sheila Evers .... makeup artist
Alvechia Ewing .... makeup artist
Kelcey Fry .... makeup artist
Pauletta O. Lewis .... hair stylist
Beverly Jo Pryor .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Algric Leo Chaplin .... second second assistant director
Albert Cho .... first assistant director: second unit
Bruce Franklin .... first assistant director
Sandra M. Middleton .... second assistant director
Todd Y. Murata .... dga trainee
Peter Ramsey .... second unit director (as Peter A. Ramsey)
 
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman
Charles Daboub Jr. .... set designer
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator (as Dennis Dewaay)
Steven M. Levine .... property master (as Steven Levine)
Michelle Millay .... sculptor
James Robinson II .... assistant property master (as James W. Robinson II)
David Russell .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... sound editor (as Willie Allen)
Christopher S. Aud .... sound editor
Bobbi Banks .... adr supervisor
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Veda Campbell .... sound mixer
Harry Cheney .... sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Lary Moten .... assistant sound editor
Gary A. Theard .... boom operator (as Gary Theard)
Steven Ticknor .... sound effects editor
David Williams .... sound editor (as Dave Williams)
Matthew C. Beville .... foley editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tony Donno .... stunt fighter
Irving E. Lewis .... stunts: Malik (as Irving Lewis)
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator
Brian J. Williams .... stunt double: Talbert Morton
Gerard G. Williams .... assistant stunt coordinator
Gus Williams .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitchell Amundsen .... camera operator (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
Roy Bean .... video assist operator
Anthony Lee Beverly .... key grip (as Anthony Beverly)
Christopher Duskin .... assistant camera
Christopher Duskin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sherman Fulton .... assistant chief lighting technician
Brooks P. Guyer .... louma crane operator
Elisha Harris .... chief lighting technician
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer: second unit
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator
Jesse Mather .... lighting technician
Peter Mercurio .... first assistant camera
Brian T. Pitts .... second assistant camera
Ellis Reed .... still photographer
Chuck Sorensen .... electrician
Bobby Thomas .... second grip
Stephen Welch .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Leah Daniels .... casting assistant
Kevin Fitzgerald .... casting associate
Chris Gray .... extras casting intern
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting (as Winsome G.M. Sinclair)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maritza Garcia-Roddy .... wardrobe: men (as Maritza L. Garcia-Roddy)
Lahly Poore .... wardrobe: women
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Guinee .... first assistant editor
Cynthia Harris .... apprentice editor
David Orr .... color timer
Eric Rigney .... avid technician
Laura Rindner .... assistant editor
Alexis Seymour .... assistant editor: avid
Christy Richmond .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Danny Bramson .... music supervisor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Deron Johnson .... musician
Gary Jones .... assistant music supervisor
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Denise Okimoto .... assistant music editor
Darryl Pierce .... music coordinator
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Al J. Hersh .... transportation captain
Tim Hill .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Elaine Bass .... title designer
Saul Bass .... title designer
Mitchell Binder .... assistant location manager
Cassandra Butcher .... publicity consultant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Elisa Ann Conant .... location manager
Joseph Doughrity .... assistant to director
Dawn Gilliam .... script supervisor
Noelle Green .... assistant: Mr. Hall (as Noelle Chapin)
Jonathan Harris .... production assistant
Randall C. Heyward .... assistant: Mr. Singleton
Vien Hong .... adr voice
Elyse Katz .... production coordinator
Damon Lee .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Toussaint Maxwell .... production assistant
Chad Rosen .... production assistant
Barbara Rosing Hoke .... production coordinator
Barbara Rosing Hoke .... production coordinator: re-shoots
Marge Rowland .... production accountant
Armand M. Sears Jr. .... production assistant
Christopher Starr .... craft service
John Starr .... craft service
Lamar Sulaka .... lead stand-in
Dion B. Vines .... production assistant
Lavern Whitt .... production assistant
Wendy Alane Wright .... production coordinator
Kevin Beard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christi Manders .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality, and for strong language
Runtime:
127 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Originally John Singleton wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play Remy, while Michael Rapaport was originally going to play Scott Moss. DiCaprio was cast, but unable to be in the film because of a scheduling conflict with The Quick and the Dead (1995). So Singleton had Rappaport play Remy once Cole Hauser was cast.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Professor Phipps:Those persons whose names were called, and whom are standing, the university has instructed me to inform you that your financial bill as of yet has not been paid. You may leave and settle your debts. However, you may not return to this course until you have done so. There are "no" handouts in the free world. And appropriately, none in my course. Thank you, and good day.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (#5.16)" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
A PIMPSee more »

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42 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Ouch, this is bad- Spoilers (that is if this movie can be spoiled), 28 October 2003
Author: Gauchoglen from New York, New York

Singleton has some serious issues he has to come to grips with. I get the feeling that he thinks he is pretty smart; however, this movie is almost comically transparent and self righteous. In addition, there are a bunch of "might-makes-right" messages like when our local Nazi jerks get beat up. I mean, who in their right mind is going to root for a bunch of Nazi jerks? However, he way Singleton portrays the "fight" is downright silly and seems to be designed to show us more the superior fighting qualities of the black protagonists than anything else. There is another "bad guy" (in reality a drunken frat boy) who rapes one of the movie's protagonists. In this instance, I think that Singleton actually does a nice job portraying what is probably an all too common situation when the woman involved asks the frat boy to use a condom and he either does not have one or does not want to use one. In any event, he does not accede to her demands that he stop and he proceeds to have intercourse despite her pleas. I think that this type of rape is all too common and in fact many uniformed people refuse to accept the fact that it is even a rape. Well, no means no, this is a rape, which probably occurs a lot in Universities across the country.

Having established the rape, how does Singleton deal with it? When the frat boy tries to call the woman, her roommate refuses to put the victim on the phone, at which point the frat boy calls the roommate a "black bitch." The aggrieved roommate appears to appeal to a counsel of Ice Cube, et al, who then proceed to physically humiliate and abuse the frat boy into repeated and prolonged "apologies" to roommate for his racist remarks; however the (apparently in Singleton's mind) lesser crime of rape is not mentioned. Again, no one really should feel sorry for the frat boy; however, Singleton seems to be sending a dual message that a racist comment is a greater offense then rape and in any event violence is justified against jerks.

What is so ultimately so disappointing is that this movie could have truly been about something important but Singleton, while no doubt a talented director, does not appear to have the maturity or depth to pull of something of this magnitude.

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