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School Daze (1988)

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.


Spike Lee


Spike Lee
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Dap Dunlap (as Larry Fishburne)
Giancarlo Esposito ... Julian 'Big Brother Almighty' Eaves
Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Jane Toussaint (as Tisha Campbell)
Kyme Kyme ... Rachel Meadows
Joe Seneca ... President McPherson
Ellen Holly Ellen Holly ... Odrie McPherson
Art Evans ... Cedar Cloud
Ossie Davis ... Coach Odom
Bill Nunn ... Da Fella Grady
James Bond III ... Da Fella Monroe
Branford Marsalis ... Da Fella Jordan
Kadeem Hardison ... Da Fella Edge
Eric Payne ... Da Fella Booker T. (as Eric A. Payne)
Spike Lee ... Gammite Half-Pint
Anthony Thompkins Anthony Thompkins ... Gammite Doo-Doo Breath


In the South of the United States are taking place confrontations between two groups of students who have different ideas and are not able to accept the one of the opponent. Written by Volker Boehm

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Musical


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Branford Marsalis performed many of the saxophone solos in the score. See more »


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Da Butt
Music and Lyrics by Marcus Miller and Mark Stevens
Performed by Experience Unlimited (as EU)
Produced by Marcus Miller
Sunset Burgandy Inc./Tootsie Songs/MCA Publishing, A Division of MCA Inc./(ASCAP)
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A Look Inside The American Black Culture!
13 June 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

Spike Lee's School Daze is an interesting film, one that reveals the struggle of black society in the 1980's. This was the time period when they were struggling to keep their head afloat in this world despite the civil rights movement some decades before. This film has many flaws, but it's not a letdown thanks to the clear message Spike Lee was able to bring across. The opening of this film is powerful as Lee is showing the history of his people and the end.....well it came out of nowhere but I think it's rightly justified.

Spike Lee's film takes place at a historically black college during homecoming weekend and it's about how the sororities and the fraternities clash against each other.

The acting is decent: nothing to rave home about, but nothing to be ashamed of either. Laurence Fishburne may have had the best role as the revolutionary leader who wants to change how his school is ran.

Overall, School Daze is very interesting and it sends the message to America and more specifically to black people, to wake up and be proud of their heritage. These morals are a strong presence throughout the film and quite frankly, they elevate the movie. For the music itself, it's quite enjoyable though some songs are a tad too long. Kudos to Spike Lee for going somewhere that directors rarely go. I rate this film 8/10.

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,802,656, 15 February 1988

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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