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Story

Spike Lee's follow-up to his unlikely hit She's Gotta Have It was this ambitious--some would say too ambitious--attempt at a musical about college life. But Lee, ever the provocateur, doesn't settle for a simple college comedy. Rather, he wants to make a point about the social divisions within all-black colleges: between the socializers and the socially conscious, and between light and dark-skinned blacks. Laurence Fishburne plays a politically aware student trying to bring his fellow students together; Giancarlo Esposito plays the fraternity boss who constantly seeks to insert a wedge between the haves and have-nots. Lee himself plays a pawn in the middle, a would-be frat boy undergoing a wicked Hell Week as a pledge. The story doesn't pull together and the musical numbers--more spoof than anything else--only serve to fragment it. While it offers interesting points, it never does so in a particularly cohesive way. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Director's Commentary
  • Talent Files
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Production Notes
  • Interactive Menus

Cast

Laurence FishburneDap
Giancarlo EspositoJulian
Tisha Campbell-MartinJane Toussaint
Joe SenecaPresident McPherson
Art EvansCedar Cloud
Ossie DavisCoach Odom
Bill NunnGrady
Branford MarsalisJordan
Kadeem HardisonEdge
Spike LeeHalf-Pint
Anthony ThompkinsDoo-Doo Breath
Guy KillumDouble Rubber
Roger Guenveur SmithYoda
Samuel L. JacksonLeeds

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 121 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1, Standard 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 12, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 30, 2001
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