Spike Lee's uproarious take on Greek student life at Mission College, a fictional HBCU, plays like a more politically pointed version of ANIMAL HOUSE. Campus activist Vaughn "Dap" Dunlap (Laurence Fishburne) stages an anti-apartheid protest on homecoming weekend, demanding that the college divest from its South African-connected business dealings. This brings Dap into conflict with those who would prefer to look the other way on the issue, both the school's leadership, nervous about losing money from its big donors, and the party-hearty Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity, led by Julian "Dean Big Brother Almighty" Eaves (Giancarlo Esposito). Dap's cousin Darrell "Half-Pint" Dunlap (Lee) becomes a pledge at Gamma, further complicating the picture. The excellent ensemble cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Tisha Campbell, Roger Guenveur Smith, Ossie Davis, Bill Nunn and Branford Marsalis. Actors Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison and Darryl M. Bell all appeared in SCHOOL DAZE and also starred on TV's A DIFFERENT WORLD, set at the fictional HBCU of Hillman College, which debuted in 1987. DIR/SCR/PROD Spike Lee. U.S., 1988, color, 121 min. RATED R
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