Higher Learning

Higher Learning is a 1995 American drama film written and directed by John Singleton and starring an ensemble cast. The film follows the changing lives of three incoming freshmen at the fictional Columbus University: Malik Williams (Omar Epps), a track star who struggles with academics; Kristen Connor (Kristy Swanson), a shy and naive girl; and Remy (Michael Rapaport), a lonely and confused man seemingly out of place in his new environment.[1]

Higher Learning
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Singleton
Written byJohn Singleton
Produced byJohn Singleton
Paul Hall
CinematographyPeter Lyons Collister
Edited byBruce Cannon
Music byStanley Clarke
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • January 11, 1995 (1995-01-11)
Running time
127 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$38.3 million

The film also featured Tyra Banks' first performance in a theatrical film. Laurence Fishburne won an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture"; Ice Cube was also nominated for the award. This was the last film appearance of Dedrick D. Gobert, who was shot dead in 1994 prior to the film's release.

The exterior shots and outdoor scenes were shot on the campus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) while the interiors were shot at Sony Pictures Studios.

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