Saturday Matinee Classics
Richard “Cochise” Morris (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs), a local basketball hero, and Leroy “Preach” Jackson (Glynn Turman), who dreams of a career in writing, are likable Chicago high school students in 1960s Chicago. They’re into hanging out with friends, pretty girls and the Motown sounds so popular during the era. Each wants to make it big in his own way, but not everybody they meet is looking out for them, as they learn when a seemingly harmless outing goes awry.
The basis for the TV series What’s Happening!!, and regarded as “the Black American Graffiti,” the heartfelt and humorous COOLEY HIGH had an influence on the work of Spike Lee and John Singleton.
USA, 1975, 107 minutes, Rated PG, Directed by Michael Schultz