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Higher Learning (1995)

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People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.


John Singleton


John Singleton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Epps ... Malik Williams
Kristy Swanson ... Kristen Connor
Michael Rapaport ... Remy
Jennifer Connelly ... Taryn
Ice Cube ... Fudge
Jason Wiles ... Wayne
Tyra Banks ... Deja
Cole Hauser ... Scott Moss
Laurence Fishburne ... Professor Maurice Phipps
Bradford English Bradford English ... Officer Bradley
Regina King ... Monet
Busta Rhymes ... Dreads (as Busta Rhymez)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Billy (as Jay Ferguson)
Andrew Bryniarski ... Knocko
Trevor St. John ... James


Youngsters from different countries, races, and social background are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. They all have their own problems, such as finance, harrassment, personal safety, and self doubt. Additionally, campus life seems to be causing a problem for everyone: racism. Students, already under pressure to perform in the classroom, on the track, or in front of their friends, are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience, and misunderstanding. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality, and for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Morris Chestnut can be seen as a track runner in the background. Chestnut and Ice Cube played brothers in Boyz n the Hood (1991), which also featured Regina King. See more »


Immediately after the red Volkswagen beetle is flipped and the three girls are walking along the sidewalk, rain falls in the background, but not on the girls. See more »


[repeated line]
Professor Phipps: Peppermint?
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Crazy Credits

Unlearn [appears in movie's closing shot, instead of "The End"] See more »


Written by Tony Srock & Greg Lucas
Performed by Final Cut
Courtesy of Full Effect Records
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User Reviews

I can't believe I sat through this crap!!
7 March 2001 | by ryan.kaplanSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at a friends house and it was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. When it was done, my friend and I stared at each other wondering how we were able to sit through that entire movie.

The film is about college students at Columbus University dealing with racial issues. It's amazing how it appeared that every white person was either extremely evil, or extremely ignorant, whereas all the blacks are 'underprivileged, victimized, and discriminated against.' The director must have spent a weekend with Louis Farrakhan and Spike Lee because his portrayals and quotes portrayed a completely unrealistic society of extreme prejudice and racial hatred.

There were the poor black students who were discriminated by the campus security, verbally abused by white students, mistreated in class, and continually threatened by the neo-nazis in the school. I thought it was a comedy. My favorite was Omar Epps complaining looking at the statue of Columbus and saying how he (Columbus) was a trespasser and took the land from the natives. WOW, that's great!! I've NEVER heard of THAT cliche. Thank you, Omar and thank you, Higher Learning!!!!

Only see this movie if you're constipated. It'll unblock your bowels in no time. I can't move the mouse cursor down lower than 1 out of 10 vote, so I give it a 1. Which is about 1.5 more than it deserves.

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Release Date:

11 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Higher Learning See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,276,662, 16 January 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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