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Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier star in a gritty urban drama about a highschool teacher who will not allow himself to be defeated by his toughinner city students ... even when he is assaulted and his pregnant wifeis threatened.This groundbreaking classic film shocked viewers by exposing the realityof America's schools and by featuring then-controversial rock 'n' rollin the soundtrack.Based on the bestseller by Evan Hunter.]]>
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the intro song of Rock Around the Clock sets the stage for a great movie of the 50sPublished 3 months ago by herb c.
I first saw this movie when it was first released 60 years ago. I thought it was a good movie then and I still think so, although for vastly different reasons. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Walter R. Johnson
A book of historic significance as it started the Rock and Roll Revolution.Published 4 months ago by Samuel Sloan
It rivals Rebel Without A Cause for the best teen movie of the 50's! Great score with Bill Haley's Rock Around The Clock! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike
I consider this an excellent 5-star movie. The following is not intended as a criticism, but only as an observation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stanley Higgins