- 4-Page Collectible booklet Featuring Trivia and Production Notes
- Audio: English [CC], French
- Subtitles: English, French
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English, French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Additional Products:
- 4-Page Collectible Booklet - Trivia & Production Notes
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 05/03/1991
"...The film picks up a life of its own....The film often feels authentic..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Often called 'the black American Graffiti' - but with "far more vitality and variety" (The New York Times), Cooley High takes a nostalgic, poignant - and hilariously funny - look at black teen life in 1960's Chicago.
It's 1964. JFK has just been assassinated. Martha & the Vandellas, Little Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops rule the airwaves. And two high school students discover themselves - and the taste of freedom - for the first time. Preach (Glynn Truman), a serious-minded writer, and his best friend Cochise (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs), a basketball hero headed for college, are best friends at Cooley High. Together they cut classes to go to the zoo, crash parties, put the hustle on some hustlers and dream about getting out of their impoverished, rough neighborhood. But when an innocent joy ride makes them the targets of two vengeful hoods, their already uncertain futures seem even further out of reach. Featuring a "well handled mix of comedy and drama with a soundtrack of Motown gold" (Blockbuster Entertainment Guide) and a "universal appeal" (Los Angeles Times), Cooley High is the best American comedy so far this year (Village Voice)!
Michael Schultz (CAR WASH, GREASED LIGHTNING) directs this refreshing coming-of-age picture, focusing on the lives of two 1964 Chicago high school seniors as they prepare for adulthood. Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) is a basketball star and Preach (Glynn Turman) is his scholarly best friend. Together, with their pals Willie, Pooter, and Tyrone, the boys spend their days running around the city, pulling off an endless string of harmless scams. But when they agree to go for a joyride in a car that Stone (Sherman Smith) and Robert (Norman Gibson) have stolen, their previously carefree existence takes a turn for the dramatic. This also threatens Preach's relationship with the beautiful Brenda (Cynthia Davis), who he has finally begun to woo. By the time their actions have caught up with them (in the form of the police, as well as Stone and Robert), it might be too late to escape.
Schultz's film, which owes an obvious debt to AMERICAN GRAFFITI (and which also inspired the television series WHAT'S HAPPENING'), boasts an unforgettable vintage Motown soundtrack. It also features a standout ensemble performance, including two sparkling performances by Turman and Hilton-Jacobs in the lead roles.
- Filmed on location in Chicago, Illinois.