Michael Schultz

Cooley High

Cooley High

Chicago, 1964: it’s the last weeks of high school for aspiring poet Preach (Glynn Turman) and his best friend, Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), and they have a full slate of extracurricular activities: swinging dance parties, late-night joyrides, and the stumbling pursuit of romance. Of course, when you’re a young Black man in America, your coming-of-age story is far from complication-free. With Cooley High, director Michael Schultz and screenwriter Eric Monte—who drew on his own experiences growing up in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project—arrived at something truly unique in 1970s cinema: an endearingly funny, tender, and authentic portrait of Black teens striving toward a brighter tomorrow, brought to life by a dynamic ensemble cast and set to a heavenly hit parade of Motown classics.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 1975
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1165

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Michael Schultz, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New conversation between Schultz and film scholar Racquel J. Gates
  • Program on the making of the film
  • Panel discussion from the 2019 tribute to Cooley High at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, featuring Schultz, actor and filmmaker Robert Townsend, casting director Gloria Schultz, and actors Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Garrett Morris
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Craigh Barboza

    New cover by Manasseh Johnson, Sr.

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Dec 13, 2022

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Michael Schultz, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New conversation between Schultz and film scholar Racquel J. Gates
  • Program on the making of the film
  • Panel discussion from the 2019 tribute to Cooley High at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, featuring Schultz, actor and filmmaker Robert Townsend, casting director Gloria Schultz, and actors Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Garrett Morris
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Craigh Barboza

    New cover by Manasseh Johnson, Sr.
Cooley High
Cast
Glynn Turman
Preach
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Cochise
Garrett Morris
Mr. Mason
Cynthia Davis
Brenda
Corin Rogers
Pooter
Maurice Leon Havis
Willie
Joseph Carter-Wilson
Tyrone
Sherman Smith
Stone
Norman Gibson
Robert
Maurice Marshall
Damon
Steven Williams
Jimmy Lee
Jackie Taylor
Johnny Mae
Christine Jones
Sandra
Lynn Caridine
Dorothy
Credits
Director
Michael Schultz
Written by
Eric Monte
Cinematography by
Paul vom Brack
Music by
Freddie Perren
Edited by
Christopher Holmes
Produced by
Steve Krantz
Executive producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Casting by
Gloria Schultz
Production manager
Frank Beetson
1st assistant director
Frank Beetson
Postproduction supervisor
Salvatore Billitteri