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If america is a melting pot, its public schools are white-hot cauldron of conflict. In detroit, with its potent mix of races and beliefs, two young men dare to cross the color line and form a friendship. Despite their friendship, no one is prepared when zack begins dating dee's beautiful cousin, nikki.


Studio Sony
SKU 40167898
UPC 043396083370
UPC 14 00043396083370
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2004
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Race Relations
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In Detroit, Zack (Michael Rapaport), a white Jewish teen, is immersed in African. American culture. When he starts dating Nikki (N'Bushe Wright), the sister of his best friend, Dee (Deshonn Castle)--who is black--he has to face unexpected racial prejudice. Though Zack's womanizing dad (Ray Sharkey) is proud of him, trouble comes from both Nikki's mother as well as Nut (Ron Johnson), another black teen in the neighborhood who wants Nikki for himself. ZEBRAHEAD was produced by Oliver Stone and was the winner of the Filmmaker's Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.
Plot Summary
Summary Zach, a student at an inner city high school, takes a liking to the new girl in class -- who just happens to be his best friend's cousin. Her name is Nikki, and she's a black student from East New York starting over in Detroit. He, by contrast, is a Jew with a penchant for black culture -- especially rap music. Zach and Nikki's relationship polarizes their families and friends, revealing hidden, underlying prejudices.| Surprisingly, and sadly, internal beliefs as well as external forces rip the young lovers apart.
USA Today "...An often-humorous, low-budget gem....The stunning final images of dual embraces - one out of love, one out of hate - proves that Zebrahead earns its stripes..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 10/23/1992 p.8D
Anthony Drazan
Michael Rapaport
Ray Sharkey
Cast & Crew
Kevin Corrigan - Actor
Lois Bendler - Actor
Deshonn Castle - Actor
Michael Rapaport - Actor
N'Bushe Wright - Actor
Ray Sharkey - Actor
Anthony Drazan - Director
Maryse Alberti - Director of Photography
Elizabeth King - Editor
Taj Mahal - Musical Score
Matthew Coppola, et al. - Producer
Naomi Shohan - Production Designer
Anthony Drazan - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 08337
UPC 00043396083370
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review ...goes beyond skin color to the heart of the matter. Basically Drazan's written and directed a brash, rap-heavy, two-tone version of Romeo And Juliet, noisy but sweet... the real slang Drazan gleaned from a research trip to Yonkers High School enlivens the profanely funny script.
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Sharkey,Ray
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Benefits from realistic dialogue, and a candid take on the characters' lives and feelings...
David Sheehan, KNBC-TV Absolutely superb!

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