Blackboard Jungle

Directed By: Richard Brooks Starring: Glenn Ford

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A powerful school drama about a veteran who becomes a teacher and takes on a group of delinquent youths.


Studio Warner
SKU 40710035
UPC 012569690325
UPC 14 00012569690325
Format DVD
Release Date 5/10/2005
Rating NR
Campus Life
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This provocative portrait of juvenile delinqency in a 1950s inner-city high school was based on the best-selling novel by Evan Hunter. Groundbreaking in its gritty realism and its use of rock & roll on the soundtrack, BLACKBOARD JUNGLE paved the way for such realistic and tough adolescent pictures as WEST SIDE STORY and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. The atmospheric tale of a teacher's harrowing experience in the New York City school system stars Glenn Ford as Richard Dadier, an idealistic teacher assigned to a new school located in one of the poorest and ethnically diverse city neighborhoods. Dadier's idealism fades as he struggles to make a difference to his indifferent students. Darkly ominous cinematography highlights the street world of the desperate delinquents as they carouse, smoke, and steal after school. The film features smoldering performances by a young Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow as tough-as-nails rebels fighting over the role of leader in Dadier's classroom. This innovative and ultimately uplifting portrayal of a generation at odds with the world served as a seminal portrait of the darker side of the 1950s; however, it was laced with controversy as well, as it was withdrawn from the 1955 Venice Film Festival for showing an unflattering view of American high school life.
Plot Summary
Summary This controversial film, based on Evan Hunter's best-selling novel, is widely recognized as a groundbreaking and innovative portrait of juvenile delinquency in the 1950s. Glenn Ford stars as Richard Dadier, an idealistic new teacher struggling to make a difference at a rough prisonlike school in New York city. His new school--located in one of the poorest ethnic districts--is a magnet for delinquent students, hoodlums, and ruffians. Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow costar as young rebels in Dadier's classroom who are angry, violent, and itching to defy authority. Rock & roll came to the big screen in a major way as Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" bopped over the opening credits.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I've been beaten up. But I'm not beaten...I'm not beaten. And I'm not quitting."--Dadier (Glenn Ford) to his wife, Anne (Anne Francis)
USA Today "...Still consistently fun, and even sporadically powerful..." 12/08/1989 p.6D
Richard Brooks
Glenn Ford
Cast & Crew
Anne Francis - Actor
Evan Hunter - Based On Novel By
Glenn Ford - Actor
Pandro S. Berman - Producer
Richard Brooks - Director
Richard Brooks - Screenplay
Sidney Poitier - Actor
Vic Morrow - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1955
Catalog ID 66903
UPC 00012569690325
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ford,Glenn
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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