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Up the Down Staircase
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Director:
Writers:
Bel Kaufman (novel)
Tad Mosel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 July 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Simple words that start a war: "Good morning. My name is Miss Barrett. I am your Home Room teacher..." See more »
Plot:
The experiences of a young female English teacher in an inner-city New York high school. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(3 articles)
User Reviews:
Better than the book! See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Sandy Dennis ... Sylvia Barrett
Patrick Bedford ... Paul Barringer

Eileen Heckart ... Henrietta Pastorfield

Ruth White ... Beatrice Schacter

Jean Stapleton ... Sadie Finch

Sorrell Booke ... Dr. Bester
Roy Poole ... Mr. McHabe

Florence Stanley ... Ella Friedenberg
Vinnette Carroll ... The Mother
Janice Mars ... Miss Gordon
Loretta Leversee ... Social Studies Teacher
John Callahan
Denis Fay
Otto Lomax
Martha Greenhouse ... Alberta Kagan
María Landa ... Carole Blanca (as Maria Landa)

Robert Levine ... Mr. Osborne
Elena Karam ... Nurse Frances Eagen

Frances Sternhagen ... Charlotte Wolf (as Francis Sternhagen)
Candace Culkin ... Linda Rosen
Lew Wallach ... Lou Martin (as Lewis Wallach)
John Gerstad
Dan Morgan
Joey Sacks
Salvatore Rasa ... Harry A. Kagan
Jeff Howard ... Joe Ferone
Ellen O'Mara ... Alice Blake
Jose Rodriguez ... Jose Rodriguez
John Fantauzzi ... Eddie Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bud Cort ... Student (uncredited)
Merle Exit ... Merle (uncredited)
Linda Gillen ... Student (uncredited)
Lance Herle ... Bob Whiteside (uncredited)
Bel Kaufman ... Teacher talking to Mr. McHabe (uncredited)
Daniel Nugent ... Tough Student in Miss Barrett's Class (uncredited)

Esther Rolle ... Teacher (uncredited)
Esmeralda Santiago ... Esmeralda (uncredited)
Jeffrey Walker ... Student who shoves Miss Barrett (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
 
Writing credits
Bel Kaufman (novel)

Tad Mosel (screenplay)

Produced by
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Coffey (director of photography) (as Joseph Coffey)
 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
 
Art Direction by
George Jenkins 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Production Management
George Justin .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Kranze .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Dennis Maitland .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harvey Genkins .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tony Major .... production assistant
 
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124 min
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Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:11 | USA:Approved

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Trivia:
Film debut of Bud Cort, in an uncredited walk-on role as a student. He is seen at the tail end of the film, chewing gum and tossing a book in the air as he passes by Sandy Dennis in the school hallway.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the classroom scene where Harry A Kagan is talking, his necktie alternates between being tucked into the belt and in front of the belt.See more »
Quotes:
[Lou Martin gives an oral book report]
Lou Martin:My book is...
Sylvia Barrett:[Correcting his grammar] The book you read.
Lou Martin:Yeah. The title is called "MacBeth," by Shakespeare.
Sylvia Barrett:[Correcting his grammar, again] The title 'is.'
Lou Martin:[Finishing her sentence] "... MacBeth."
Sylvia Barrett:Isn't "MacBeth" required reading for last english term?
Lou Martin:I ain't never read it before.
Sylvia Barrett:[Correcting his grammar, again] I' ve never read it.
Lou Martin:Me neither.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Acid Eaters (1968)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Better than the book!, 30 October 2000
Author: verna55 from cincinnati, ohio

It's a rare thing to watch a movie that's actually superior to the original novel, but Robert Mulligan's 1967 film of Bel Kaufman's contemporary classic UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE is one of those rare instances. Make no mistake, Kaufman's novel is still wonderful, but Mulligan's film, amazingly, manages to capture all of the qualities that made Kaufman's book such a compulsive read, and another strength is in the casting of the film itself. Everyone seems perfectly suited to his/her role. Sandy Dennis, one of the '60's most original and exciting performers, was the ideal choice to play the flighty heroine Miss Sylvia Barrett, the naive, but determined young New York City schoolteacher who finds herself constantly at odds with not only her pupils, but the faculty members as well. I have always had a great admiration for Sandy Dennis' work, but this is the movie that made me a genuine fan. She's absolutely breathtaking to watch. She has this stunning, captivating, and truly unique beauty, and most importantly, she is one of the most extraordinarily gifted actresses to grace the Hollywood screen. In fact, I would say that she was THE most talented actress of the late '60's, early '70's era without peer or rival. Her Oscar-winning supporting role in the previous year's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? was indeed a magnificent triumph, but UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE was the film that proved she was even more capable at handling a leading role and I think, ultimately, this is the film that made her a star.

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