- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 18, 2002
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Selection
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 10/23/1992
"...An often-humorous, low-budget gem....The stunning final images of dual embraces - one out of love, one out of hate - proves that Zebrahead earns its stripes..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
In Detroit, Zack (Michael Rapaport), a white Jewish teen, is immersed in African. American culture. When he starts dating Nikki (N'Bushe Wright), the sister of his best friend, Dee (Deshonn Castle)--who is black--he has to face unexpected racial prejudice. Though Zack's womanizing dad (Ray Sharkey) is proud of him, trouble comes from both Nikki's mother as well as Nut (Ron Johnson), another black teen in the neighborhood who wants Nikki for himself. ZEBRAHEAD was produced by Oliver Stone and was the winner of the Filmmaker's Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.
Zach, a student at an inner city high school, takes a liking to the new girl in class -- who just happens to be his best friend's cousin. Her name is Nikki, and she's a black student from East New York starting over in Detroit. He, by contrast, is a Jew with a penchant for black culture -- especially rap music. Zach and Nikki's relationship polarizes their families and friends, revealing hidden, underlying prejudices.
Surprisingly, and sadly, internal beliefs as well as external forces rip the young lovers apart.
- Rap music score supervised by M.C. Serch.
- The film won a top prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, and was also screened at the New York, Toronto and Deauville, France film festivals.
- Directorial debut for Anthony Drazan.
- Last film for actor Ray Sharkey who died of AIDS.