Blackboard Jungle
Blackboard Jungle (1955)

This gritty, unflinching film centers on Richard Dadier, 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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 25, 1955
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tells us as much about teaching as Einstein's Theory of Relativity tells us about football.

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Time Out

The studied pseudo-documentary atmosphere never quite convinces.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Originating the genre of 'dedicated teacher reaches troubled kids in a ghetto school', this is still affecting although heavy-handed.

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Steve Crum

Still hard hitting teacher-in-ghetto tale.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

This searing if somewhat overrated condemnation of juvenile delinquency brought attention to some of the problems afflicting urban high schools.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Arash Xak
Not a weak depiction actually but frankly not my kind of film, I couldn't care less about its characters
Danny Rovira
A provocative and powerful drama about a teacher, Glenn Ford in a superb performance and his harrowing experiences in a New York City high school in the mid… More
Henrik Schunk
One of the earliest if not the earliest school/teacher drama out there that deals with issues of violence, drugs, crime (attempted rape) etc. You got give the… More