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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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Michael Schultz

Writer:

Eric Monte
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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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Taglines:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

The film takes place in 1964, but there are Afro hairdos and people giving the Black Power sign and saying "right on." We didn't see those things until about 1968. See more »

Quotes

Pooter: If I ain't goin', nobody's goin.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Black in the 80s: Color in Film (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Money (That's What I Want)
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Written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy
Performed by Barrett Strong
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One of the best blackexploation films ever made
16 November 2001 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

Cooley High is a film with heart, humor and tears. This is one of the films that inspired to become a filmaker. The emotions between the two main charcters Preach and GoCheese remins me of all my best friends. Glynn Turman and Laurence Hilton Jacobs are amazing in their roles and this film is highly reccomnded. The soundtrack is one of the best in a cinema history. I love this movie.


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