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Release Date: June 20th, 1991

DVD Release Date: January 30th, 2001

R|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
At historically black Mission College, the activist-minded Dap (Larry Fishburne) immerses himself in a world of political rhetoric and social movements -- one day he hopes to rally the students as a united front. At the other end of the spectrum, Julian (Giancarlo Esposito), the head of the biggest fraternity on campus, is more concerned with maintaining a strict social order. In between, Dap's conflicted cousin, Half-Pint (Spike Lee), spends most of his time rushing the fraternity.

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Joe Seneca, Art Evans, Ellen Holly, Kyme , Ossie Davis

Director: Spike Lee

Genres: Musical comedy

Production Co: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Despite a few high-spirited sequences, School Daze succumbs to preachiness and choppiness. It's a movie with too much to say and not enough style to say it with. [12 Feb 1988, p.0]

  • School Daze is, if nothing else, a compelling time capsule of racial politics in the late ‘80s, ethnographically sealed-off in a hothouse micro-environment (an all-black college campus) that’s as constrictive as Lee’s varying plot threads and stylistic whims are profuse. show more

  • Although the film has big structural problems and leaves a lot of loose ends, there was never a moment when it didn’t absorb me, because I felt as if I was watching the characters talk to one another, instead of to me. show more

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