Cooley High

Cooley High

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Overview

Cooley High

Michael Schultz directed this deeply felt recollection of adolescent life on Chicago's near North Side in 1964. Like American Graffiti, Cooley High deals with girl, school, and police troubles as a group of high-school seniors prepare for post-high-school life. The chums are Glynn Turman as "Preach", who loves to read poetry and history and wants to become a Hollywood screenwriter, but who has the worst grades in the school; and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Cochise, the high-school basketball star and suave lady-killer. Preach has to contend with love problems in the form of Brenda (Cynthia Davis), school problems with emphatic teacher Mr. Mason (Garrett Morris), and law problems with street toughs Stone (Shermann Smith) and Robert (Norman Gibson).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
UPC: 0887090097307
Original Release: 1975
Rating: PG
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 6,595

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glynn Turman Preach
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Cochise
Garrett Morris Mr. mason
Cynthia Davis Brenda
Corin Rogers Pooter
Maurice Leon Havis Willie
Joseph Carter Wilson Tyrone
Shermann Smith Stone
Norman Gibson Robert
Maurice Marshall Damon
Steven Williams Jimmy Lee
Jackie Taylor Johnny Mae
Christine Jones Sandra
Lynn Caridine Dorothy
Robert Townsend Uncredited

Technical Credits
Michael Schultz Director
Samuel Z. Arkoff Executive Producer
Frank Beetson Asst. Director
Paul Von Brack Cinematographer
William Fosser Art Director
Christopher Holmes Editor
Steve Krantz Producer
Eric Monte Screenwriter
Freddie Perren Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cooley High
1. Chapter 1 [12:47]
2. Chapter 2 [13:41]
3. Chapter 3 [14:26]
4. Chapter 4 [13:58]
5. Chapter 5 [6:09]
6. Chapter 6 [12:26]
7. Chapter 7 [13:52]
8. Chapter 8 [10:19]
9. Chapter 9 [9:48]

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Cooley High 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll go back to a time when school violence was a fist fight and have great fondness for your best friends in school. The closeness and brotherhood of Preach and Cochise is astounding and Glynn Turman and Laurence Hilton Jacobs are amazing in their roles. It depicts the exact experiences of that time period. It is also funny and of course extremely sad at the end. I know it is a true story but I don't know of whose life. At the surface this 32 year old film is a snappy ensemble comedy masquerading as a period piece (set in the early 60's, complete with a flawless Motown soundtrack). But there's so much more to this film. The cast of unknowns (at the time) is excellent, and it is notable as an all-black-cast film that doesn't fall into any Blaxploitation clichés - at times ‘Cooley High’ almost feels like an updated, urban neo-realist film, with lots of edgy humor added in. The tight budget of this film does show, but the constraints actually serve the film pretty well - there's a grit and honesty of emotion here that lends the film an immediacy lacking in most similar-minded films like Schultz' later ‘Car Wash’, which was more popular, but largely senseless. This film also marked the screen debut of Robert Townsend who only had two lines through out the entire story. ‘Cooly High’ is a feel good movie with an edge of angst and pain and realism--misconceptions, losing friends, and the decision in what to do in life. This might be one of the sleepers of the 70s - celebrated at the time, not many film lovers know about this one. If you do choose to watch "Cooley High", you will see that many films have duplicated various elements from it in order to strengthen their own. The biggest example of this is of course "Boyz N The Hood".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this move! it's hilarious and yet sad but it's a really good movie!
SLIM1967 More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE REALLY MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT WHO IS REALLY A TRUE FRIEND FROWING UP IN HIGHSCHOOL. A Movie THAT SHOULD BE SEEN WITH ALL OF YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS FROM GRADE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL.....