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School Daze (1988)

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

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Dap (as Larry Fishburne)
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Storyline

In the South of the United States are taking place confrontations between two groups of students who have different ideas and are not able to accept the one of the opponent. Written by Volker Boehm

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aulas turbulentas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,802,656, 15 February 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,545,844
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee had a three-picture deal with Island Pictures. After She's Gotta Have It (1986), School Daze (1988) was supposed to be the second. He received a call from Island saying they no longer wanted to do the picture, because it was too costly, and they had lost confidence in Lee and his production people. The next day, he was at Columbia Pictures with David Puttnam and David Picker for a negative pick-up deal. The budget was upped to six million dollars, and the picture was made. See more »

Goofs

When the Gamma Rays are singing I Don't Want to Be Alone Tonight, towards the end of the song, the audio and picture don't add up. The audio is slightly ahead. See more »

Quotes

Rachel Meadows: [as the "Jiggaboos" and the "Wannabes" encounter each other in the hallway] The word is "Excuse me."
Jane Toussaint: No one told you to stand in the hall, either. "Excuse me."
Rachel Meadows: That's better, Ms. Thing.
Doris Witherspoon: [as Jane turns and flips her hair] It's not real!
Dina: [as the Jiggaboos laugh] Say what?
Lizzie Life: You heard
Rachel Meadows: It... ain't... even... real.
Jane Toussaint: You wish you had hair like this.
Doris Witherspoon: Girl, you know you weren't even born with blue eyes!
Lizzie Life: That's right. Blue contact lenses.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

One Little Acorn
Written by Bill Lee
Performed by Kenny Barron and Terence Blanchard
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Nostalgic treat
12 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I had not seen Spike Lee's School Daze in 13 years, the first weekend of its release. This movie has a very special meaning to African Americans like me who were college students in the 80s. The school setting acts as a microcosm of black life as a whole. The social issues it tackles are all too familiar to black life: light skin vs. dark skin, college kids vs. the surrounding economically disadvantage community, and the social responsibility of African Americans to Africans across the entire black diaspora among others.

Watching it in 1988 I thought the dance sequences were too long, but in 2001 I now see their worth. The DVD is visually beautiful, while being gritty in spots where it should thanks to the beautiful work of the great Ernest Dickerson. This was a huge leap for Spike as a director, coming from a $175,000 budget for She's Got To Have It to School Daze.

This film does a great job of giving us some of the inner workings of Black Greek letter organizations. It also shows what abuse people will go through to belong. I was actually living School Daze when I saw it in 1988, so I come from that perspective. It was thrilling to figuratively see myself on that screen in 1988.

If you are looking for Academy Award winning performances, then this isn't the film for you, although there are some really fine actors in the film. If you haven't ever lived this existence, it is really hard to appreciate School Daze. I have a great appreciation for Spike, the era, and the story Spike has written and brought to the screen.

Most folks don't get the ending "Wake Up" scene, but it absolutely belongs. The entire movie and most of Spike's works are wake up calls to America, but specifically to the black community.


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