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Cooley High [VHS] (1975)

Glynn Turman , Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs , Michael Schultz  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis, Corin Rogers
  • Directors: Michael Schultz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000035P72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2000- Soul Cinema

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Favorite; One of my all-time favorites September 4, 2003
By Samhot
Never has a movie made me laugh so hard, as well as providing me with feelings of nostalgia and heartwarming sentiment. COOLEY HIGH (1975) features laugh-out-loud moments by the dozen, as well as containing many moments of reflective, poignant beauty.
The story here takes place in Chicago, 1964, and revolves around a poet named Preach (played by Glynn Turman), basketball player Cochise (played by Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs), their other buddies, and what goes on in the day-to-day lives of these teens in urban life. We witness the boys frequently cutting class, stealing food, hopping buses and trains, chasing after girls, shooting dice, getting into fights, and all other sorts of typical teen shenanigans. The aforementioned outline may sound a bit redundant for a film (or maybe it could be due to the poor description I've given), but the aforementioned aspects are integrated into a unified whole, and in a compelling way. So, in the end, things work very nicely. If there's one fault I can think of (though it doesn't bother me, but may bother others), is that the storyline moves a bit fast, and many may wish that some of the scenes (or certain aspects of the film) would have been fleshed out more.
Amidst all of the wildness, Preach meets a lovely girl named Brenda (played by Cynthia Davis), and develops a relationship with her. This is one of the few aspects of the film to soften up what otherwise may have been just a brash comedy.
While Preach, Cochise and the boys all took lighthearted pleasure in lying, cheating and stealing -- it all seemed to catch up with them in the end, as a result of one wild ride in a stolen car. And later, a simple misunderstanding leads up to the tragic finale.
Before I close this review, I'm going to list a few of my favorite funny scenes:
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ghetto classic September 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
this movie is one of the greatest to ever come out of the 70's i like the way this movie shows black people in a positive way and not as pimp thugs or muders this movie is a must have if you love old nostlagia that brings back child hood mememories i recommend this to every body from black people to white people who enjoy classi cinema this is one the greatest black movies of all time pick it up
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
AIP produced so many exploitation films that captured the trend of the times (or call it "rip-off"), so it is inevitable that all black-cast of "American Graffiti" came out from there. But it is the result of the product that we should care, and though sometimes branded as a clone of that much more famous film, "Cooley High" is in fact as good as George Lucas's. If you claim it is even better, I won't disagree with you.
"Cooley High" gives lots of fun with multi-layered, loosely connected characters living in inner-city Chicago in 1964. Their life at school and impoverished environment is not easy, but the film never depicts them in the negative light as is often shown in other blaxploitation films, and among them the two uproarious, riotous leads played by Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs are excellent. Turman is a bespectaled boy with a dream of becoming a writer, and with his friend Jacobs enjoy his life -- chasing a girl, cutting classes to go to a zoo hanging behind a bus, and having a midnight joy ride. But the last innocent fun turns a tragedy unexpectedly, which adds a very poignant touch to the ending of the film.
Though some claim, probably rightly, that the film's characters seem a bit stereotyped, the humor and fun are never to be dismissed, and those charming moments -- such as Turman and Jacobs (poorly) disguised as cops to get some money from prostitutes, whispering "We take bribes." -- are very funny and will be fixed in your memory. After all, the film has enoumous charms that still appeal universally, and that makes "Cooley High" an all-time classic. And listen to the great Motown soundtrack with the songs like "Fingertips Part 2" or "Dancing in the Street." Highly recommended.
It is a Japanese-made monster film "Godzilla vs the Thing" (aka. "Godzilla vs Mothra") that they are watching in the theater. It was released in USA in 1964.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooley High still Cool May 27, 2001
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I watched this movie as a kid and didn't really understand it. Now as an adult, I watched this movie and fully understand why this movie was so cool to my mother's generation. This movie showed how life was for African-American teenagers, growing up in this era. Most kids didn't really have dreams while a very few of them did. This movie taught me not to listen to my peers and to follow my dreams to wherever they lead me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie September 13, 2000
While I was growing up in Chicago - I loved watching the movie for references to things familiar. Every time I watched it though I couldn't stop the tears from falling at the end. I just had to sit and watch the movie whenever it came on tv - but of course there were too many commercial interruptions. Over the years I was able to capture it on tape with the commercials and then later a friend got the non-edited version.
Now that I'm all grown up I have the DVD version - even better!! With the wonderful acting and music in the movie, it's hard not to love it. Although I didn't grow up in the 60s, I heard enough of my moms music to recognize the words to the songs and was able to sing along. The comedy is there, the drama is there, the music is definitely there! This movie is a classic and belongs in the collectors library!
Good to see where Freddie Boom-Boom Washington (Welcome Back Carter) and Colonel Taylor (A Different World) have evolved as actors!
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1.0 out of 5 stars I received a different movie in the mail. The ...
I received a different movie in the mail. The movie I received was about computers and a cyber thriller. I did not receive Cooley High.
Published 2 hours ago by Sharion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!!!!
Published 7 days ago by Teddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great movie from the seventies with fine actors
Another great movie from the seventies with fine actors. Many went on to have very good careers in the movie industry.
Published 21 days ago by Leon Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Black/African American classic as related to youth in ...
The ultimate Black/African American classic as related to youth in the early seventies! Must see and basis for the Boys to Men singing group's Cooley High Harmony/It's so hard to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BC
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Classic
I love my classic movies, this is one of my favs! Must have for your collection and the soundtrack is awesome.
Published 3 months ago by marcella
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent buy
don't recall this movie but purchased as gift for friend who often referred to it...they were very pleased to have their own copy. thanks amazon for making gift buying easy
Published 4 months ago by br in texas
3.0 out of 5 stars I See Why I Didn't Attend
Beyond the stunning soundtrack of previously released Motown classics, I am disappointed to say that I don't understand why all the praise. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Boki
5.0 out of 5 stars High School Memories
This movie takes you there to all your great memories of being in High School with all our friends and your favorite girl.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bernard Hash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I remember watching it in the theater of Williamsburg Southside of Brooklyn with my best friend Edwin. never forget good times.
Published 7 months ago by David Pitre
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I honestly have no clue as to what that song was. It was probably some kind of song the boys made up.
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