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Director: Richard Brooks     Starring: Glenn Ford
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40710035
UPC: 012569690325
UPC 14: 00012569690325
Rating: NR
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A powerful school drama about a veteran who becomes a teacher and takes on a group of delinquent youths.
Editor's 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served as a seminal portrait of the darker side of the 1950s; however, it was laced with controversy as well, as it was withdrawn from the 1955 Venice Film Festival for showing an unflattering view of American high school life.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/10/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1955
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 66903
Video UPC UPC: 00012569690325
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anne Francis
Video Cast Info Glenn Ford
Video Cast Info Sidney Poitier
Video Cast Info Vic Morrow
Video Cast Info Evan Hunter - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Pandro S. Berman - Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Brooks - Director
Video Cast Info Richard Brooks - Screenplay
Plot 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

"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)

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...Still consistently fun, and even sporadically powerful..." 12/08/1989 p.6D

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ford,Glenn
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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