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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.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writer:

Spike Lee
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

School Daze See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,802,656, 15 February 1988

Gross USA:

$14,545,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,545,844
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tisha Campbell-Martin said she had no idea what a "jigaboo" was prior to joining the project. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of "I Don't Want to Be Alone Tonight", the audio is slightly ahead of the video. See more »

Quotes

Jig-A-Boo's: Well, you're a wanna-be, wanna be better than me!
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Connections

Edited into Tongues Untied (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

One Little Acorn
Written by Bill Lee
Performed by Kenny Barron and Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard appears courtesy of Columbia Records, Inc.
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surreality drift
26 January 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Mission College is a leading black college in Atlanta. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) leads the politically active group advocating for the school to divest from South Africa. He is opposed by the head of the college fraternity, Julian Eaves (Giancarlo Esposito). Jane Toussaint (Tisha Campbell-Martin) is Julian's girlfriend. Dap's cousin Darrell (Spike Lee) is actually a lowly pledge at the fraternity. Along with their girlfriends and the school faculty, most of the population is divided into two camps based on their political views, skin color, and even hair.

It's real interesting that Spike Lee is exploring black consciousness within their own community. It tackles some important black social divides. Lee's often surreal touches do detracts from the main topic and don't get me started with the musical aspect. The old Hollywood musical scenes completely take the movie out of its time and place. The story starts to lose its anchor to reality. The beginning with the South Africa protest has such a great sense of time. It does hurt to see the movie drift from time to time.


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