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Zebrahead

4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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ZEBRAHEAD tells of an interracial love affair in a Detroit high school. Zach, a white Jewish boy, falls in love with his best friend's cousin, Nikki, an African-American teenager, who has just arrived in Detroit from East New York. Eventually their relationship touches off emotions and reactions among their families and peers that have drastic consequences.

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  • Actors: Michael Rapaport, N'Bushe Wright, Helen Shaver, Kevin Corrigan
  • Directors: Anthony Drazan
  • Producers: Charels Mitchell, Jeff Dowd, William Willett
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006672P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zebrahead" on IMDb

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2002
Format: DVD
This is an intriguing independent film, deftly directed by Anthony Drazan, which explores the concepts of interracial romance and reactive racism. Done in the best tradition of independent films, it features some powerhouse performances and a provocative storyline.
The film takes place in Detroit, Michigan, a predominantly black city. Zack (Michael Rappaport) is a white, middle class, jewish, urban teenager whose mother died when he was young. He lives with his father, Richard (Ray Starkey), an erstwhile swinger and owner of an inner city music store. Zack attends the predominantly black, local public high school, and his best friend, Dee (DeShonn Castle), is also black and middle class. Zack is very taken with black culture.
When Dee's cousin, Nikki (N'Bushe Wright), who is black and from East New York, Brooklyn, moves into town, Zack, who has just been dumped by his white girlfriend, finds himself smitten by her. They gradually begin a romance that attracts a lot of unwanted attention. When the high school hot head and bad boy, Nut (Ron Johnson), a black gang banger wanna be, develops the hots for Nikki, it is the beginning of the end with the inevitable violent result.
This is a surprisingly good film with superlative performances by Michael Rappaport, DeShonn Castle, Ron Johnson, N'Bushe Wright, and the late Ray Starkey. The tension throughout the movie is kept taut and believable. Though somewhat predictable, the film manages to keep the viewer engaged throughout. This is a well made film that deserves a viewing.
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"Zebrahead" is living proof that low-budget films can have just as great an impact if not greater than the big name movies. This movie sends an important message, and it is one that everyone should see.

The place is Detroit, Michigan with a large African American population. Our main character is Zack (played fantastically by Michael Rapaport), a white Jewish high school kid fascinated with African American culture and rap music. When Zack isn't driving his jeep with the rap music blaring its bouncy rythem, he is an exquisite DJ who creates his own cassettes.

After Zack breaks up with his white girlfriend, he gains an interest in the new girl from New York; beautiful Nikki (played nicely by N'Bushe Wright), who is African American and the cousin of Zack's best friend Dee (played by DeShonn Castle) who is also African American. After gaining permission from Dee and getting advice from his lust-loving father (played by the late Ray Sharkey) and his grandfather at their inner city record store "Saul's Melody Land," Zack starts dating Nikki much to the dismay of Nikki's family, peers at school, and the hot-headed, tough-talking school bully Nut (played wonderfully by Ron Johnson).

Racial tensions boil to a head when Nut wants the gorgeous Nikki for himself and doesn't want a white guy like Zack standing in the way. Nut's attempts to get Nikki to be his are met by her turning him down, which adds fuel to the growing fire of anger building inside of him and his anamosity toward Zack. Despite Nut, Nikki's friends advising Nikki to stick with her own race, (particularly a mop-haired, spectacle-wearing preacher kid) and the stares and curiousity that Nikki gets from Zack's white friends, Zack and Nikki are determined to stick together.
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By A Customer on October 5, 2003
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A beautiful, realistic Romeo and Juliet drama. The acting was wonderful, the writing brilliant. My only compliant is that more people haven't seen this movie, or heard of it. Definitly something I recommend to lovers of urban dramas.
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Format: VHS Tape
I rented this to show a friend and was pleased that it held up so well over the years. The only thing dated was the hair-dos

As a Jew who grew up in largely black neighborhoods I can relate to the sense of being caught between worlds. My experience of coming from a Jewish background puts me on the outside of mainstream society in ways that the film barely touched on, but overall a great film.

Great character development and growth, The relationships between Zack and Dee as well as Zack and Nikki felt natural. I highly recommend it and may bring it in to show to my Job Corps trainees.
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By A Customer on February 11, 2000
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"Zebrahead" was a movie that Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" should have been. I'm not saying that "Jungle Fever" was a bad movie, I just felt as though "Jungle Fever" was more about a family helping a crackhead son instead of interracial love. "Zebrahead" had a great story with excellent actors and suspense. Micheal Rapaport is a wonderful actor and really showed his colors in this one. N'Bushe Wright portrayed her role as the no nonsense Nikki flawlessly, I would like to see more of her in movies. It seemed like the actors ad-libbed most of the time and it made the movie more humble and realistic. Great stuff all around!
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Don't usually enjoy 'teen' movies-but this movie was enjoyable. It was gritty, real ,dealt with a difficult issue in America in a straight-forward way. I didn't really know any of the actors/actresses but their performances were great. Nikki was a little 'overdone' but hey -she's a teenager! get this movie and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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