Blackboard Jungle
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Blackboard Jungle
When it first came out in the mid 1950s, Blackboard Jungle brought considerable attention to the problems of juvenile delinquency in urban schools. A gritty, unflinching film that pulls no punches, the episodic story centers on Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford), a war vet who gets a job teaching in a tough inner-city school. An idealist, he honestly believes he can make a difference with the kids, but unfortunately, he gets no support from the rest of the faculty who are too busy dealing with their own agendas to be too concerned about the students. Meanwhile the rowdy, undisciplined punks continue… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Glenn Ford, Morrow and Poitier are so real in their performances under the probing direction by Brooks that the picture alternatingly has the viewer pleading, indignant and frightened before the conclusion."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Writer-director Richard Brooks had a flair for sensationalism, and his adaptation of Evan Hunter's novel is loads of fun as a consequence, but don't expect much analysis or insight."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Tells us as much about teaching as Einstein's Theory of Relativity tells us about football."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"The locations and lighting are simple and sparse, and the themes of class and race are addressed head on, in an honest and brave way."
‑ , Film4
"The studied pseudo-documentary atmosphere never quite convinces."
‑ , Time Out
"Originating the genre of 'dedicated teacher reaches troubled kids in a ghetto school', this is still affecting although heavy-handed."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Still hard hitting teacher-in-ghetto tale."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Today, Blackboard Jungle is surprisingly dated and ineffective."
‑ Christopher Null,
"It gives a blood-curdling, nightmarish picture or monstrous disorder in a public school. And it leaves one wondering wildly whether such out-of-hand horrors can be."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This searing if somewhat overrated condemnation of juvenile delinquency brought attention to some of the problems afflicting urban high schools."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Released in the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, this seminal high-school melodrama was just as popaulr at the box-office but far more controversial; Sidney Poitier gives a star-making turn as a student."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Tense and realistic."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
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