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Higher Learning -- Incoming freshmen get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality in this bold look at contemporary college life.
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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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Am I insane or . . . See more (134 total) »


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

Dustin Hoffman was originally considered for the role of the professor who becomes a mentor to Malik. Hoffman wanted the plot to revolve around the professor and the student, but director John Singleton didn't want that, so Hoffman wasn't cast.See more »
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 »
Fudge:[Referring to the Frederick Douglass book Malik is borrowing] Read it for yourself, and not for some damn class.See more »
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90 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
Am I insane or . . ., 9 November 2003
Author: John

Maybe I'm crazy, but the exact things that everyone seems to find wrong with the movie are the things that I think makes it good. Like everyone was saying that all of the white characters are bad and all of the black characters are good, when that is apparently not the case. Why does Remy become a skinhead? Because the black guys in his dorm rejected, humiliated, and belittled him. In a way they drove him to it. Who's to blame here? In no way does Singleton let the black characters off the hook here. Many of them are portrayed as violent and irrational. Omar Epps's character is good example of where Singleton points out another dangerous attitude that has nothing to do with white people. The character thought the world owed him a break because he was black and underprivileged and the teacher is the one to call him on it. Or as someone in a another post pointed out, sorry to quote you, "Black self-pity," which the film does not excuse, but rather addresses with the same skepticism as it does the more generic issues everyone else seems to be concentrating on (racism, neo-naziism, date rape, lesbian cults.) So ask yourself, did this film genuinely leave you with the impression that it glorifies the behvoir of certain characters based on their race? Or is it maybe just that since the director is black you have a preconceived notion that he will be partial to the black characters?

So where a lot of people seem to think the message is black=good white=evil, I see it as It doesn't matter who's wrong and who's right because we need to put our differences aside and get along (almost equally clichee, I know, but still a different message entirely) Signed, white dude

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