USA | 1975 | 107 minutes | 14A
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).
Director: MICHAEL SCHULTZ
Cast: GLYNN TURNMAN, LAWRENCE HILTON-JACOBS, GARRETT MORRIS
TORONTO PREMIERE! 4K RESTORATION!
Cooley High is one of the great coming-of-age movies of the 1970s, a non-stop blast of 60s Motown hits, and the #1 masterpiece in the stacked catalogue of iconic director Michael Schultz (CAR WASH, THE LAST DRAGON, KRUSH GROOVE), the first Black American director to helm a big budget studio picture. Marketed as the Black American Graffiti – and the loose, episodic structure, end of high school nostalgia rush and stacked soundtrack from a past era totally fit that comparison – Cooley High is all that and more, a wildly entertaining, deeply personal gem that’s finally been given the overdue restoration it deserves. Stompbox is proud to present the 4K Toronto premiere! – DAVID BERTRAND
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