Blackboard Jungle

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Blackboard Jungle
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Urban drama about an idealistic teacher in a slum area who fights doggedly to connect with his unruly students. Based on Evan Hunter's novel.
Statement of Responsibility: Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; screen play by Richard Brooks ; produced by Pandro S. Berman ; directed by Richard Brooks
Title: Blackboard jungle
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Evan Hunter
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1955
Special features: Commentary by Peter Ford, Paul Mazursky, Jamie Farr, and Joel Freeman; "Blackboard jumble" Droopy Dog cartoon; Theatrical trailer
Credits: Director of photography, Russell Harlan ; art directors, Cedric Gibbons and Randall Duell ; set decorations, Edwin B. Willis, Henry Grace ; film editor, Ferris Webster ; musical adaptation, Charles Wolcott ; assistant director, Joel Freeman.
Performers: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes, John Hoyt, Richard Kiley, Emile Meyer, Basil Ruysdael, Warner Anderson, Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow, Dan Terranova, Rafael Campos, Paul Mazursky, Horace McMahon, Jameel Farah, Danny Dennis.
Summary: Urban drama about an idealistic teacher in a slum area who fights doggedly to connect with his unruly students. Based on Evan Hunter's novel.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen presentation; Dolby digital mono
Other Language: In English or dubbed French with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Schools New York (State) New York Drama Juvenile delinquents New York (State) New York Drama Teachers New York (State) New York Drama Hunter, Evan, 1926-2005 Film adaptations
Genre/Form: Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Schools
Juvenile delinquents
Publisher No: 70179
ISBN: 0790792117
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE B
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Jan 10, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's just as well Glenn Ford stopped teaching at that girls' school. There's enough chemistry flying between him and Sidney Poitier. Some clever dialogue and realistic situations. Less one star for sexism and hypocrisy: a teacher is "asking for it" with the way she dresses. She has a flannel suit, like that slut June Cleaver.


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