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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:
A truly fantastic film See more (30 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:
Bel Kaufman, the author of the book on which this movie was based, appeared as an extra in the movie, and served as a technical advisor.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the opening montage establishing the first day of school in September in a New York high school, several shots were obviously filmed in dead of winter with extras in heavy coats, gray skies, etc. contrasting wildly with scenes of sunny skies and lightweight costumes of main characters.See more »
Quotes:
[Suggesting a teaching method]
Paul Barringer:Ever tried "punctuation sex", Henrietta? Hyphens are kisses, commas are maybes, and a period is a definite no. And then of course, there's the... limitless realms of semicolons and apostrophes. I shudder to think what an exclamation point might mean.
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Referenced in The Acid Eaters (1968)See more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A truly fantastic film, 10 August 2004
Author: ailsagirl from San Francisco, California

What can I say? I read the book and enjoyed it. I saw the film and absolutely fell in love with it. I loved Sandy Dennis and her unique method of acting-- yes, I know she sometimes stammered, but don't we all in "real life?" I give high marks for Mulligan's directing because the movie had so many wonderful facets: it could be funny, it could be disturbing, and it could be so moving. The penultimate scene with Jose in the auditorium was so touching, so meaningful, and yet so simple. But exceedingly powerful. I found myself relating to Dennis in every way. Her bewilderment at The System, her deep desire to reach her students, her frustration, her idealism, her disappointment. And, when she finally experiences a victory, her sincere gratification. One reviewer called the film "slick." I don't at all agree. It was subtle, meaningful, and true. And the other actors did such a superb job of acting that it all seemed unscripted. There was no sex, nudity, swearing-- none of the things that today's movies are so laden with. I have a theory that these gimmicks are used for shock value, as filler, or to cover up the inadequacies of the film makers. You can tell that those who made this film were classically educated because the movie's foundation was strong and true. There wasn't a wasted line nor a meaningless exchange. Just full, rich film making at its finest!! Make no mistake: a film needn't be an action thriller or sexy to be compelling. I'm disappointed by today's movies because they lack something: heart, soul, meaning-- I'm not sure-- but I liken them to "cinematic junk food." So if you like pure cinema, see this film. (I don't think there's any comparison to "To Sir With Love," by the way. The latter was entertaining, but that was about it.)

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