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Blackboard Jungle (2005)

Glenn Ford , Anne Francis , Richard Brooks  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Vic Morrow, Louis Calhern, Sidney Poitier
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Droopy cartoon: Blackboard Jumble
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford. A young teacher tries to keep his idealism as he faces urban violence perpetrated by the young delinquents that fill his NYC classroom. 1955/b&w/101 min/NR/widescreen.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKING Film for 1955 Remains Taut to this Day May 31, 2006
Said to provoke violence, this film about 1955's brutal and vicious NYC school system remains taut and effective to this day. The direction by Richard Brooks is groundbreaking. Based on Evan Hunter's novel, Brooks tackles the idea of contempt for authority within the school system as a problem with a distinct solution. That solution comes in the form of an idealistic new teacher played with effective restraint by Glenn Ford. Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow portray the two major protagonists from the class of intimidating and delinquent juveniles. Sidney Poitier is the one weak link that Ford realizes he can reach. Poitier is antagonistic and disturbingly introverted but not truly dangerous. Vic Morrow is malicious and a real threat. Vic Morrow's performance is intense, riveting and absolutely convincing. Vic Morrow's talent as one of our finest actors seems long forgotten and certainly has gone unrecognized for too long now. His performance here is testament to that and adds to the shock value of this film. The very effective acting is convincing setting a benchmark for this genre on society's problems in urban education. In all, that is the point of this film. It is all about the strong and the weak be they teacher or student trying to survive in this setting.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rock and Roll Era Begins April 23, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie in 1955. It was one of the best in that age in the genre about alienated youth, dealing as it did with ghetto kids and minorities rather than the spoiled brats of "Rebel Without a Cause."
Most of all, the movie introduced me and a million other kids to Rock and Roll. I remember listening spellbound to "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets at the end of the movie. Something, I perceived in my little noodle brain, had changed -- and nothing would ever be the same again.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock around the clock June 25, 2005
Mix a dash of earnest social consciousness, a pinch of rock `n roll ("One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock ROCK..."), a dollop of exploitation (A shock story of today's high school hoodlums!) and you've got the recipe for BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955), director Richard Brooks' highly successful and award winning movie.
BLACKBOARD JUNGLE is the story of Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford), a rookie teacher newly hired at Emmanuel High School, an inner-city school that one of the veteran teachers aptly, we soon learn, refers to as a `garbage can.' Dadier - immediately and inevitably `Daddy-O' to his class full of juvenile delinquents - is an idealist of sorts who, against the stream, believes that he can reach and teach the kids. In the class is a glowering Vic Morrow and an apathetic Sidney Poitier - Poitier's character is apathetic, that is - and various other representatives of inner-city hoodlums. It's in this corrosive environment that Dadier's liberal idealism is buffeted and, finally, put to the acid test. Ford, Morrow and Poitier are outstanding in a story that seems quite dated today. Although it presents itself as an unblinking exposé of juvenile delinquency, there's an awful lot missing from this one - parents are never seen, nor students' homes nor, surprisingly, does there seem to be any female students. Perhaps, as is suggested on the commentary track, the school was originally supposed a trade school but changed when the powers that be checked what side their bread was buttered on. As it is, there's seems to be no reason given as to why these kids are so rotten, or whether anyone but Dadier really cares about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gritty portrayal of an unyielding teacher's crusade! October 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie in the early 70s on TV and have rented it numerous times since the advent of VHS. It is an eye-opening portrayal of Richard Daddiere, an eager navy veteran who giddily wins his first teachng assignment at a hopelessly urban hellhole of a school. Right from the start though, one can immediately sense that his altruistic belief in the nobility of teaching will be reduced that of a desperate corrections officer doing his best to quell a daily uprising. And this does become the case very early into the film and serves as the film's central conflict. His first day of class begins with one of the punks hurling a baseball within inches of his head the first moment he turns his back on them, blasting a cracked hole into the blacboard. Daddiere wryly retorts with, "Well...whoever threw that will never play centerfield for the Yankees." This is our introduction to the likes of Artie West, more than convincingly played by the late Vic Morrow, a vicious punk whose demeanor instantaneously reveals that it is lkely that he'll not live a day beyond his twenty-first birthday. Then there is Gregory Miller, smoothly played by Sidney Poitier-a cool black cat who knows the score and is inherently decent. Daddiere smells this in him and encourages him to put his keenness to good use rather than waste his potential by being a lowlife like West and the rest of hs ilk. But Miller's race justifies his roguery, and he remains a sympathetic character for the duration. Then there is Bilozzi, a frightened punk and who takes sides with West because he's too afraid to be his own man and think for himself. I really admired this film, as it credibly depicted one man's quest to teach the unteachable, even though he well realizes that it is an unwinnable battle. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I used this in my history of rock class! Great for teaching about Juvenile Delinquency in the 50's and impact of Rock and Roll mentality!
Published 23 days ago by John F. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the year 1955
This captures juvenile delinquent boys in the inner city. There is violence but it is tame by today's standards. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jenny Wren
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I seen this on tcm and I wanted too what happen so I order it I like this movie he was not afraid of those boys in his class room
Published 3 months ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Excellent portrayal of the 1950s trouble that can beset our youth in the inner cities. Everyone should see this movie
Published 3 months ago by Denise Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars teachers training movie!
every prospective teacher should watch this movie before starting their career. Yes it's a Hollywood dramatization, but it shows the extremes in the classroom. A must watch.
Published 3 months ago by Larry J. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Movie
It is a great movie. I would recommend any teacher watching this before complaining about today's schools. A good deal
Published 3 months ago by Brian K McCrae
5.0 out of 5 stars Sydney Poitier
Sidney was a budding actor when he acted in this movie. Look what we would have missed if he had not been cast for this part. Read more
Published 3 months ago by La Verne C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Glenn Ford was fabulous! Superb actor who brings his character to life. Glenn Ford's calm, confident demeanor nails the character. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fashion90
4.0 out of 5 stars School was never quite this bad.
This is a very interesting early story about teaching in a very rough school. As a former teacher I love this movie because while it may be over the top in many places there are... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gary J McCleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Over the top drama
Amazing acting, dramatic storytelling, what else could you want?
Sidney plays a student in this! A must watch for people who enjoy movies about teachers.
Published 6 months ago by Zack
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