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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 »

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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

Kyme and Tisha Campbell-Martin's matching kneepads in the Straight and Nappy scene were not part of the wardrobe. Campbell-Martin had a knee injury, and the stylist gave Kyme kneepads to match. See more »

Goofs

During "I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight," the Gamma Rays' black gloves go from above the elbow, to below the elbow, and back again between shots. See more »

Quotes

Julian Eaves: You talk more shit than a little bit! BACK TO MOTHER AF-RI-CA! That's bullshit! Without question we are ALL Black Americans! You don't know a god damn thing about AF-RI-CA! I am from Detroit. Motown. So you can watusi your monkey ass back to AF-RI-CA if you want to!
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Connections

Referenced in Living Single: School Daze (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

We've Already Said Goodbye (Before We Said Hello)
Music and Lyrics by Raymond Jones
String Arrangements by Claire Fisher
Performed by Pieces of Dream with Portia Griffin
James Lloyd - Piano
Curtis Harmon - Drums
Cedrick Napoleon - Bass Guitar
Branford Marsalis - Tenor Saxophone
Portia Griffin - Vocals
Produced by Raymond Jones
Zubaidah Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Branford Marsalis appears courtesy of CBS 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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