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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Tyra Banks and the director John Singleton were in a relationship at the time the film was made.See more »
Anachronisms: Malik competes in track meets. The film takes place in the fall semester. Track in universities is a spring sport.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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31 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
All the fun of an After School Special, 18 April 2005
Author: Backlash_Jack from United States

Yes, people are racist. People are even racist in college. That's a good point, and the issue of racism has been dealt with many times before in countless films. What sets Higher Learning apart from the pack is that it deals with the issue of racism in the most ham-fisted and predictable way possible, oh yeah it's in college too.

This film deals with this problem of racism the way Frankenstein deals with most problems, it bashes you over the head repeatedly in a brutal and sluggish manner. Most of the characters are cartoonish, one-dimensional, caricatures (lesbian feminist, angry black man), that react to situations as dramatically and predictably as possible. Instead of defying stereotypes this film is overpopulated with them. The angry black men feel cheated, feminists hate men, etc. (one feminist even holds a sign that reads "Dead Men Don't Rape." See what I mean?) I don't want to give anything away, but in this movie if someone seems like a shifty loner or a date rapist they'll probably behave exactly how you expect them to. The changes the characters go through seems obvious to everyone but the people in the movie. The big twist in the plot hinges on whether or not the violent neo-Nazis will act like violent neo-Nazis. I'll guess you'll just have to watch to find out what happens.

Another problem I have with this movie is that it's supposed to be "gritty" and "hard-hitting," but they make Nazis the bad guys. I agree Nazis are evil, but that's my point. Everybody thinks Nazis are bad; we're not breaking any new ground here. Nazis have been portrayed as villains since the 1930's. The film doesn't challenge any viewpoints or make bold statements. It just deals with issues we all know about in a clumsy, after-school-special like, manner. Being anti-rape, anti-racist, and anti-Nazi isn't exactly taking a hard stance on a controversial issue.

Higher Learning is predictable, cartoonish, and in a word stupid. Avoid at all costs.

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