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Higher Learning [DVD] [1995]

Omar Epps , Kristy Swanson , John Singleton    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube
  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Writers: John Singleton
  • Producers: John Singleton, Dwight Williams, Paul Hall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JGKO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This ambitious 1995 film by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood ) doesn't quite succeed at painting the illuminating, collective portrait of college life in the '90s that the director seeks. But Singleton does do a fine job of defining some conflicting impulses for young people on the cusp of adulthood, particularly the desire to broaden horizons on the one hand and circle the wagons with like-minded allies on the other. Students in the film's Columbus University divide themselves along lines of race, sexual preferences, ideology, and, most dangerously, levels of paranoia. Among the fine cast is Michael Rapaport, who portrays a loner drawn to a local community of neo-Nazis. His resultant problems with the school's African-Americans takes over the story at the expense of other, parallel dramas, but Singleton's insights into race hatred on campus--a microcosm of the surrounding culture--is not to be dismissed. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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John Singleton directs this tale of three students who each find a very different path through college: an athlete (Omar Epps) struggling to make the grade; a naive girl (Kristy Swanson) who discovers that men cannot always accept 'no' for an answer; and a shy and retiring guy (Michael Rapaport) who joins a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads in a desperate search for companionship.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlearn 23 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
I watched this on VHS recently, this is an early 90s Movie focusing on Race, Prejudice, College and Sexism. The Movie mainly follows Malik; a Runner who struggles through College and is the main focus of the Film. Remy, an awkward, quiet outsider kid who finds a "Brotherhood" in a group on Violent, Nazi Skinheads and also Kristen, who's rape whilst at College leads to her questioning her sexuality and opinions on people in general. The Movie is also backed with great performances by Ice Cube (who plays long-time student Fudge), Busta Rhymes, Larry Fishbourne and Jennifer Connelly (who plays a lesbian sexist activist), and what all escalates as these personalities meet and converge into their own friendships, which are primarily Race-related and, at times, volatile towards outsiders.
I think Higher Learning is a great "College" Movie, tackling sensitive issues that have been addressed really well in the Film and is extremely reminiscent of Boys N The Hood.
Compelling, must-see viewing for anybody over 15!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unknown film! dont know why!!! 26 Jan 2002
Format:VHS Tape
i bought this movie because i think jennifer conelly is the most beautiful woman in the world. but she is in it all of about two minutes. however this was not an issue as the story pulled me right in and the performances are excellent! why this is such an unheard of movie i'll never know! a gripping movie!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting racial and social observations 25 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
This film was made by american director John Singleton who also made the remake of Shaft and the forthcoming sequel to Fast And The Furious. It's based around a college campus and the different groups within it all trying to get on but held back by their racial and social hang-ups. a young and naive student (Michael Rappaport)from the south who has no friends and struggles to settle in is be-friended by the local nazi group and is then on the slippery slope to self destruction. A young black athlete (Omar Epps)who's only able to afford college because of his athletics scholarship struggles with his school work and the pressure of keeping his athletics form.He gets frustrated by the system and the confinements in which he has to work in and be-friends the local black activists (Ice Cube,Busta Rhymes) and starts to see things differently. Throw in a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who see's everything through rose tinted glasses, but after an horrible early experience learns things are not always as nice and as peaceful as she would like and you get an excellent social drama which brings all these stories together for an exciting but tragic ending. The standard of acting is excellent throughout,watch out for a small role for laurence fisburne (Matrix's Morpheus)as the wise teacher.I Highly recommend this film,it's one which you will recommend to all your friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars top film 20 Jan 2013
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watched this in the early 9os when growing up. makes you see this does happen in everyday life also purchased to watch with friends family and add to dvd collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie 14 Sep 2012
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Good movie, showing how differences in culture can clash when all brought to one place. A real eye opener. Good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have You Learned Yet ? 24 July 2012
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"Higher Learning" indeed. Probably the best Teenage Drama Movie ever made. It deals with all kinds of "Problems" groving up and learning about life. Sexuality, Rasism, "How to fitt in" and more!!! Very Realistic & well made !!!
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By Jay
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Youngsters from different countries, races, and social background are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. They all have their own problems, such as finance, harrassment, personal safety, and self doubt. Additionally, campus life seems to be causing a problem for everyone: racism. Students, already under pressure to perform in the classroom, on the track, or in front of their friends, are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience, and misunderstanding.

This is a Brilliaint film!
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Youngsters from different countries, races, and social background are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. They all have their own problems, such as finance, harrassment, personal safety, and self doubt. Additionally, campus life seems to be causing a problem for everyone: racism. Students, already under pressure to perform in the classroom, on the track, or in front of their friends, are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience, and misunderstanding.

This is a Brilliaint film!
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