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Higher Learning

Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge (Ice Cube), a "professional student" who has been at Columbus for six years so far, becomes friendly with Malik and challenges his views about race and politics in America ...

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Released: Jan 1st, 1995
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

Higher Learning Main Cast

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Omar Epps
Omar Epps
plays Malik Williams
Kristy Swanson
Kristy Swanson
plays Kristen Connor
Michael Rapaport
Michael Rapaport
plays Remy
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
plays Taryn
Ice Cube
Ice Cube
plays Fudge
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • John Singleton wanted Sidney Poitier to play professor Maurice Phipps. He was not available. Singleton's second choice for Professor Phipps was Samuel L. Jackson; the studio preferred Laurence Fishburne, who had worked successfully with Singleton in Boys in the Hood (1991).
  • The idea for the film came when Director Jonathan Demme approached John Singleton about making a movie about college racial issues throughout the country when they were in pre-production for Boyz N The Hood which was being developed at Orion Pictures with Singleton directing and Demme producing. Once the deal with Orion Pictures fell through, Singleton took the idea and began to develop it while at Columbia Pictures.
  • Dustin Hoffman was originally considered for the role of a the professor that becomes a mentor to Malik. Hoffman wanted the plot to revolve around the professor and the student, but Singleton refused.
  • The sniper scene was based on the Charles Whitman incident at the University of Texas in 1966.
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