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Cooley High (1975)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynn Turman ... Preach
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Cochise (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs)
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:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlodne wyzyny See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1975
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is often called "the black American Graffiti (1973)" and it's easy to see why. "American Graffiti" was a nostalgic look back 11 years at white teenagers who had just graduated high school and were on the cusp of chasing their dreams. It ended with mugshots and "where are they now" captions. "Cooley High" was a nostalgic look back 12 years at black teenagers about to graduate high school and on the cusp of chasing their dreams to escape fun, but hard, lives. It ended with "where are they now?" comments superimposed on full-screen shots of the characters. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in 1964, yet we hear several Motown songs, such as "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops and the Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love" from 1965 and "Reach Out, I'll Be There" by the Four Tops from 1966. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: You guys think it's so funny because I want to be something besides a factory worker or a football player. Well, that's because you're a bunch of stupid niggers that don't know shit!
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Fingertips, Part 2
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Written by Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby
Performed by Stevie Wonder
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Cooley High was a Drama with Comedy
28 December 2008 | by concordwormSee all my reviews

Cooley High was actually a drama with moments of comedy. It was a reflection of high school life back in the day. I attended Coolidge High in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1979 and much of what was in Cooley High was an every day thing at Coolidge. As a matter of fact after the movie came out everybody started calling Coolidge "Cooley High." Getting high, shooting dice, chasing girls, basement parties, and fights, that sums up high school life for many in D.C. back in the day. I can't forget Motown because Motown music began and ended many a day back in the 70s. The hits just kept coming. However, Cooley High adds a layer of humanity over the craziness because when all was said and done just like in Cooley High my classmates and I had a lot of love for each other. And like the characters in Cooley High there was life after high school, but there was nothing like waking up every morning and experiencing each day to the fullest from homeroom to seventh period. Thirty years later we are getting ready to celebrate those good times. Cooley High is definitely a period piece that just gets better with time because like it or not the only thing left from those days are memories, some good, and some bad.


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