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Writer (WGA):
John Singleton (written by)
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Release Date:
11 January 1995 (USA) See more »
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 »
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 »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (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)

Sommer Garcia ... Flyer Girl (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)

Lars Woods ... Fraternity Vandal (uncredited)

Directed by
John Singleton 
Writing credits
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 .... re-recording mixer
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor
Paul Massey .... 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)
Rick Avery .... stunt performer
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 Butler .... casting assistant (as Leah Daniels)
Kevin Fitzgerald .... casting associate
Christopher Gray .... extras casting intern (as Chris Gray)
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 R. Harris .... apprentice editor (as Cynthia Harris)
David Orr .... color timer
Eric Rigney .... avid technician
Laura Rindner .... assistant editor
Alexis Seymour .... assistant editor: avid
Christy Richmond .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Mitchell Binder .... assistant location manager
Elisa Ann Conant .... location manager
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
Cassandra Butcher .... publicity consultant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
William d'Anthony .... ad and publicity department: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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
Rayniece Holmes .... location crew member
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
Annie Wood .... stand-in
Wendy Alane Wright .... production coordinator
Kevin Beard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christi Manders .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

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Rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality, and for strong language
127 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Factual errors: Remy refers earlier in the movie that it is 1995. The "Peace Fest" that is advertised on the flyers is slated to take place on Saturday, November 15. For it to be a Saturday and be on November 15 it would either have to be 1986 or 1997.See more »
Malik:As a black man in America, my stress comes from everywhere. Recognize. Take a look around you. Look at this, Columbus, it disgusts me. Fool wasn't nothin' but a thief, mass murder. He done slaughtered millions of native Americans, and we done got a holiday and university named after his honor.See more »
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Watch Boyz n the Hood instead, 30 April 2004
Author: Paul from Lincoln, NE

I was thoroughly disappointed by this movie. I love John Singleton's ideas and themes, and once in a while he creates powerful moments in film, but this one was a total miss. First of all, I don't know if Singleton ever went to college (I'm assuming he did) but the campus atmosphere in this movie was completely ridiculous. Yes, certain groups of students tend to congregate together and isolate themselves from other groups, but the division of these groups into warring factions in the film was way over the top. I mean, come on, a Nazi fraternity? Also, I almost laughed out loud when the innocent, vulnerable freshman girl gets raped and automatically becomes a bisexual feminist campus organizer.

On the other hand, the film does give sheltered white people a better view of the more subtle forms of racism minorities are bombarded with in all parts of America, even college campuses. I loved how Michael Rappaport's (white) character got away with violent crime while Omar Epps's (black) character was detained by the police for the same incidents, not once, but twice! This happens everyday, and it's about time we see it in film.

Lawrence Fishburne plays a sort of mentor/professor to Epps in the film, but his character is not nearly developed enough, and also, doesn't seem to know what he's talking about in his lectures. He said America was founded in order to create democracy? Even the most cursory study of history supports the view that America's founders were the same wealthy white men who felt their social "inferiors" needed to be exploited and controlled to support the ruling class. I'm a little off topic now, but the point is that Singleton has failed in his efforts here to illuminate the roots of hatred and racial conflict. Compared to his more successful efforts Boyz n the Hood and Baby Boy, this movie is a failure.

Note: I've heard this film is required viewing in many college courses! Give me a break -- either those professors are so out of touch with actual campus life that they think this is somehow realistic, or they are closet conservatives who think this failed effort at liberal ideology will turn students off to efforts at social change. I wish they would give students more credit and show them a film that actually does a decent job of showing racial and class conflict in contemporary America, like the Weather Underground.

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