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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:
... Preach
... Cochise (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs)
... Mr. Mason
... Brenda
Corin Rogers ... Pooter
Maurice Leon Havis ... Willie
Joseph Carter Wilson ... Tyrone
Sherman Smith ... Stone
Norman Gibson ... Robert
Maurice Marshall ... Damon
... Jimmy Lee
Jackie Taylor ... Johnny Mae
Christine Jones ... Sandra
Lynn Caridine ... Dorothy
Mary Larkins ... Preach's Mother
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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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Where the Student Body Was a Chick Named Veronica... The Senior Prom was a "belly rub" and the Class of '64 ran a Permanent crap game in the Men's Room! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 November 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Chlodne wyzyny  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1975
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Trivia

According to writer Eric Monte, ABC had planned to do a TV version of this project. After a poorly received pilot, ABC retooled it completely. What's Happening!! (1976) was the result. See more »

Goofs

The Chicago police car in the chase scene is a mid-size 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II. Assuming the film takes place in late 1964, a '65 model car could be correct - except the Chicago Police Department stopped using Belvederes after the 1964 model year, switching to the full-size 1965 Plymouth Fury I. See more »

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Brenda: Y'all need to go to church!
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The ending of the movie tells the futures of the fictional characters. See more »

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Referenced in Martin: To Kill a Talking Bird (1993) See more »

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My Girl
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Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White
Performed by The Temptations
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Underrated minor classic.
14 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film, which was the foundation for "What's Happening?", contains the very things that recent films about teens and high school lack: comedy, and true emotion. The film takes place in Chicago, 1964, and centers on a group of lower-class black kids, including Preach, a smart student, and his close friend, Cochise, a great athlete who's on the verge of getting a scholarship. While it does contain similarities to George Lucas' "American Graffitti", the film has a lot of energy and substance to easily overlook that fact. There are many funny moments, including a scene where the boys joyride with Preach behind the wheel; a scene where the boys cut class and head to the zoo, ending with a hilarious encounter with a gorilla; and a scene where Preach hides from gangbangers in an occupied bathroom. There's also romance in the film, as Preach attempts to woo classy beauty Brenda; the two even lose their virginity together in a truly tasteful scene. The movie ends in tragedy, and since the characters have depth, we feel the loss. I highly recommend this one to all; it's got more going for it than 99.9% of what's playing today (and it's got a great Motown soundtrack to boot!).


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