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Cooley High (1975)

In 1964 on Chicago's Near-North Side, the lives of four carefree high school seniors and best friends, including an aspiring playwright and an all-city basketball champion, takes a tragic turn.

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writer:

Eric Monte

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynn Turman ... Preach
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Cochise
Garrett Morris ... Mr. Mason
Cynthia Davis ... Brenda
Corin Rogers Corin Rogers ... Pooter
Maurice Leon Havis Maurice Leon Havis ... Willie
Joseph Carter Wilson Joseph Carter Wilson ... Tyrone
Sherman Smith Sherman Smith ... Stone
Norman Gibson Norman Gibson ... Robert
Maurice Marshall Maurice Marshall ... Damon
Steven Williams ... Jimmy Lee
Jackie Taylor Jackie Taylor ... Johnny Mae
Christine Jones Christine Jones ... Sandra
Lynn Caridine Lynn Caridine ... Dorothy
Mary Larkins Mary Larkins ... Preach's Mother
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Storyline

In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals and get falsely arrested in connection with stealing a Cadillac. We follow their lives through the end of high school and the dramatic end to their school year. Written by Anonymous

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The Real Cool School! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Director Michael Shultz wanted authentic characters to fill the gangster roles. He was told by Chicago police of two petty thieves who hung out together, Norman Gibson and Sherman Smith, so Michael sought them out. Smith said in an interview that he and Gibson were just walking down the street when Schultz rolled up on them in a limo, asking them to read for the parts. Gibson was shot to death just one year and three months after Cooley High was released. This occurred in his Chicago neighborhood, where he was reportedly robbed by other stick-up men during a dice game. Smith was later convicted of armed robbery and served eight years in prison, but cast mate Jackie Taylor helped him rehabilitate by giving him a job as a janitor at her Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago. He later moved on to acting roles in various productions there. See more »

Goofs

When Preach finally reaches a badly beaten Cochise underneath the train station,Cochise's right hand moves while Preach is talking to him. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: [final lines] We were friends, a long time ago. Laughin, rappin, chasin girls, obeying no laws, except the law of caring. Basketball days and high nights, no tomorrows, unable to remember yesterday. We live for today...
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Crazy Credits

The ending of the movie tells the futures of the fictional characters. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Finishing School (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Love
(uncredited)
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Supremes
Courtesy of Motown Records
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User Reviews

Old-school classic I never get bored of watching.
5 December 1999 | by dvdmikeSee all my reviews

Takes place in and around the Cabrini-Green projects on Chicago's Near North Side. Cooley High was a real school that was demolished in the '80s. The interiors, though were filmed in Providence-St. Mel's several miles away. This film is a classic, and if you aren't hip to it, then either you've been living in a cave or just awakened from a 25 year coma. The stellar cast features Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, fresh from "Claudine", veteran of stage and screen Glynn Turman, pre-SNL Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis (who seemed to disappear soon after the film was released), Steven Williams (currently of "Linc's), Corin Rogers and Jackie Taylor, who has made a name for herself as a writer, producer and director in Chicago theatre. This film also marked the screen debut of Robert Townsend. (He had two lines).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1978 (France) See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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