Blackboard Jungle
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Blackboard Jungle
In this gritty urban drama, war veteran Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford) wants to begin his career as a teacher and is given an assignment at a boys high school in inner-city New York. However, he soon discovers the school is overrun by delinquents, led by Artie West (Vic Morrow), an insolent hood who likes to call Richard "Mr. Daddy-O." Artie and his gang steal, destroy property, refuse to respect authority, and threaten the female teachers with rape. While most of the faculty have given up and meekly let the delinquents do what they want, Dadier is determined to bring order back to his… 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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