The American film School Daze is based on the experience of the writer of the film Spike Lee, his experiences during his days in University. It focused on the existence of fraternal social organizations in Universities such as fraternities and sororities, the problems and challenges associated with being a member of these groups, the confrontations that came up between and among members in relation to issues like racism.
It all starts and centers on the life of a student known as Vaughn Dunlap who was very much aware and involved in politics. He was enrolled in one of the Universities in the area which was an all black University and considered unsuitable for studies due to the inefficiency of the administration of the school.
Vaughn was the leader of a series of anti-apartheid demonstrations where he inspired and convinced students to join and make their voices heard. The main conflicts that this generated were that they as University students were considered more privileged by other boys in town who were not going to school. As such, they always got into fights.
Vaughn always had quarrels with Julian who was the leader of another fraternity group on campus known as the Gamma Fraternity. The members of this group were always organizing parties and football matches on weekends. This group had the female adjunct group which was known as the Gamma rays. The ladies in this group were characterized by slim figures, and they were very troublesome and practiced a lot of racism. They attacked other ladies especially those of a different skin color, or hair color.
The film was written and directed by Spike Lee who got his inspiration about the film from his days as student. Music for the film taken care of by Bill Lee, production was done by the joint efforts of Grace Blake, Loretha Jones, Monty Ross and Spike Lee. The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures.
The actors and actresses starring in the film include Laurence Fishburne featuring as Vaughn the main actor, Giancarlo Esposito featuring as Julian, Tisha Campbell-Martin featuring as Jane, Kyme as Rachel Meadows, Spike Lee featuring as Dunlap, Ellen Holly as Odrie McPherson Evans featuring as Cedar Cloud, Joie Lee as Lizzie Life, Alva Rogers as Doris Witherspoon, Paula Brown as Miriam, Jasmine Guy as Dina, Samuel L. Jackson as Leeds, Cassi Davis featuring as Paula and Phyllis Hyman featuring as Phyllis.