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Up Against the Wall (1991)

A black teen from a Chicago housing project struggles to find acceptance after he transfers into a suburban high school.


Ron O'Neal


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marla Gibbs ... Louise Bradley
Ron O'Neal ... George Wilkes
Stoney Jackson ... Jesse Bradley
L. Scott Caldwell ... Sandy Wilkes
Oscar Brown Jr. Oscar Brown Jr. ... Coach
Catero Colbert ... Sean (as Catero Alain Colbert)
deMann deMann ... Kevin
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Denise (as Salli Richardson)
Johnny Moran Johnny Moran ... J. R.
Merritt Lear Merritt Lear ... Lisa
Jamie Harrold ... Stevie
Darrell Echols Darrell Echols ... Darryl Wilkes
Zuindi Colbert Zuindi Colbert ... Bernice Washington
Jason Goehrig Jason Goehrig ... Runner
Jeffery D. Nyberg Jeffery D. Nyberg ... Assistant Coach


A black teen from a Chicago housing project struggles to find acceptance after he transfers into a suburban high school.

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Release Date:

18 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Film debut of Salli Richardson-Whitfield (as Salli Richardson). See more »

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Well-written, great performances
3 April 2006 | by emma-young-1See all my reviews

Catero Colbert is a young actor that is certainly going places. His performance was excellent. I thought the storyline was very good and very believable. The dialogue, while not the best, was fun. I especially liked the subplots. And it was also a movie that could be enjoyed by young teens. There was certainly a lesson in it in terms of life as an urban teen growing up in a suburban environment. What was also interesting was his struggle with his situation, and how he dealt with it. The fact that there was a love interest, without getting sexy or dirty or x-rated was quite refreshing. I found myself laughing at parts where there probably shouldn't be laughter. I think this was Marla Gibbs first serious role, and I think she did an excellent job. I also thought Stony Jackson was outstanding. I would certainly recommend this movie which is now on video to anyone with teenagers who wanted to just have an enjoyable time watching a good, clean movie with a real lesson.

Emma Young

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