School Daze
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School Daze

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Director: Spike Lee, Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell

Cast: Spike Lee, Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell

     
 

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Fraternity and sorority members clash with the other students at a historically black university in this politically charged musical, which marked the sophomore feature from director Spike Lee. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) is a politically conscious brother who leads anti-apartheid demonstrations and eschews the social climbing of the Greek system. But Half-Pint (Lee),

Overview

Fraternity and sorority members clash with the other students at a historically black university in this politically charged musical, which marked the sophomore feature from director Spike Lee. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) is a politically conscious brother who leads anti-apartheid demonstrations and eschews the social climbing of the Greek system. But Half-Pint (Lee), his craven young cousin, is willing to endure any humiliation to join the manly Gamma fraternity. As Half-Pint tries unsuccessfully to impress the Gammas with his inept womanizing, Dap engages in philosophical debates with Rachel (Kyme), his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the light-skinned, straight-haired sisters of the Gamma Ray sorority battle it out in a beauty parlor with their darker-skinned, Afro-headed fellow coeds. Eventually, Half-Pint gets the chance to join the frat, but only after a degrading episode with Jane (Tisha Campbell), the soon-to-be ex-girlfriend of his house president, causes Dap to lose all respect for him. Based in part on the director's experiences at Atlanta's Morehouse College, School Daze was also written and produced by Lee. Despite production numbers that included "Straight and Nappy," a dis-fest between the "wannabes" and "jigaboos" on campus, the biggest hit on the film's soundtrack was the go-go anthem "Da Butt," E.U.'s ode to shaking one's backside. Supporting players Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy also co-starred on the TV comedy A Different World, another look at life on a primarily African-American campus.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Spike Lee's second feature boldly went where no film had gone before, to explore the subtleties of prejudice within the African-American community. Lee's petri dish for this experiment is a historically black college, and his subjects are the fraternities and sororities whose membership is largely determined by skin hue. With a large and lively cast, several energetically staged musical production numbers, and plenty of low comedy, Lee effortlessly illustrates his message -- that the most insidious kind of racism comes from within his community -- in a variety of ways. This was a huge leap in ambition over Lee's debut feature, the more ingratiating She's Gotta Have It, and like his brilliant Get on the Bus, which dealt with many of the same topics in the context of the Million Man March, it was sadly undervalued by filmgoers on its initial release.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
UPC:
0043396058347
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
5,291

Special Features

Director's Commentary ; Talent Files ; Interactive Menus ; Production Notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne Vaughn "Dap" Dunlap
Giancarlo Esposito Julian "Big Brother Almighty" Eaves
Tisha Campbell Jane Toussaint
Kyme Rachel Meadows
Joe Seneca President McPherson
Ossie Davis Coach Odom
Kadeem Hardison Edge
Art Evans Cedar Cloud
Ellen Holly Odrie McPherson
Spike Lee Half-Pint
Dennis Abrams Eric
Angela Ali Velda
Michelle Bailey Tina
Darryl M. Bell Big Brother X-Ray Vision
Jacquelyn Bird Jacquelyn
Paula Birth Carla
Harold L. Boyd Alpha Phi Alpha
Jhoe Breedlove Kim
Edward G. Bridges Moses
Paula Jean Brown Miriam
Gregg Burge Virgil Cloyd
Joe Chambers Phyllis Hyman Quartet
Stephanie Clark Stephanie
Robert L. Cole Alpha Phi Alpha
Albert Cooper Spoon
Cylk Cozart Big Brother Dr. Feelgood
Rusty Cundieff Big Brother Chucky
Cassandra Davis Paula
Julian Eaves Actor
Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliot EU Band
Tyra Ferrell Tasha
Sharon Ferrol Sharon
Jenario "Foxy Brown" Foxx EU Band
Florante P. Galvez Student in Bathroom
Ivan Goff EU Band
Jasmine Guy Dina
Darryl "Tidy" Hayes EU Band
Edward "Junie" Henderson EU Band
Rod Hodge Alpha Phi Alpha
Dominic Hoffman Mustafa
William "Ju Ju" House EU Band
Tim Hutchinson Big Brother Lance
Phyllis Hyman Phyllis Hyman Quartet
Dawn Jackson Attendant
Samuel L. Jackson Leeds
Valentino "Tino" Jackson EU Band
Keith John Singer at Coronation
Adrienne-Joi Johnson Cecilia
Toni Ann Johnson Muriel
Derrek W. Jones Alpha Phi Alpha
Guy Killum Double Rubber
Bill Lee Phyllis Hyman Quartet
Cinqué Lee Buckwheat
Joie Lee Lizzie Life
Tanya Lynne Lee Tanya
Kasi Lemmons Perry
Angela Lewis Attendant
Tracey Lewis Counter Girl
Monique Mannen Gamma Ray
Delphine T. Mantz Delphine
Branford Marsalis Jordan
Greta Martin Greta
Lester McCorn Alpha Phi Alpha
Consuela Lee Morehead Phyllis Hyman Quartet
Frances Morgan Frances
Michelle Whitney Morrison Vivian
Bill Nunn Grady
Karen Renee Owens Deidre
Eric Payne Booker T.
Eartha Robinson Eartha
Tracy Robinson Roz
Kevin Rock Mussolini
Alva Rogers Doris Witherspoon
William N. Ross Alpha Phi Alpha
Roger Guenveur Smith Yoda
Leslie Sykes Miss Mission
Reginald Tabor Alpha Phi Alpha
"Go-Go" Mike Taylor EU Band
Kirk Taylor Sir Nose
Leonard Thomas Big Brother Gen. George Patton
Anthony Thompkins Doo-Doo Breath
Jane Toussaint Actor
Traci Tracey Traci
Harold Vick Phyllis Hyman Quartet
Terri Lynette Whitlow Terri
Laurnea Wilkerson Laurnea
Kent Wood EU Band
Kelly Woolfolk Vicky
Keith Wright Alpha Phi Alpha
James Bond Monroe
Erik Dellums Slim Daddy

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Grace Blake Executive Producer
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Uzee Brown Songwriter
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Sam Enriquez Camera Operator
Randy Fletcher Asst. Director
Tina Harris Songwriter
Teddy Jenkins Makeup
Loretha C. Jones Co-producer
Raymond Jones Songwriter
Matia Karrell Production Manager
Bill Lee Score Composer,Songwriter
Kevin Lee Sound Editor
Marcus Miller Songwriter
Consuela Lee Morehead Songwriter
Peter Odabashian Sound Editor
Rolf Pardula Sound/Sound Designer
Leroy Patton Camera Operator
Frank Prinzi Camera Operator
Robi Reed Casting
Monty Ross Co-producer
Otis Sallid Choreography
Maurice Schell Sound/Sound Designer
William Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Ira Spiegel Sound Editor
Mark Stevens Songwriter
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Allan Trumpler Art Director
Lenny White Songwriter
Lynn Wolverten Set Decoration/Design
Stevie Wonder Songwriter

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School Daze 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film really pushed me to focus on going to a predominantly black college. I loved the realness, rawness, and radical way this movie showed young black students. I loved it soo much, that I went to a black school and graduated with Honors. My experience wasn't the same, but it was really close,Thanks Spike Lee, you are the best!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
School Daze is a really good movie.The music scenes are the best.I did not understand the ending though and the movie is kinda long.