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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)
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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)
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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)
 
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tony Major .... production assistant
 
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Runtime:
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, in the Preface to the 25th anniversary edition of the book, writes: "The movie was filmed in New York City, in and around Haaren High School, which had been emptied for the summer."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When GO President Kagan is talking to Miss Barrett, his tie keeps changing lengths. In the close-ups it is short, just above his belt. In the long shots is appears to be tucked into his 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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Breath of Fresh Air (from 32 years ago!!!), 17 October 1999
Author: Freak-30 from Somewhere, USA

It's hard to compare this movie with other films of the genre. "The Principal", "Dangerous Minds", "Lean on Me", and "Stand and Deliver" really don't have much in common with UtDS. Nevertheless, this film is very good and Sandy Dennis is outstanding as the young teacher who is starting out in a tough New York City high school.

What makes UtDS unique is that there's no focus on gang fights, or ghetto culture, or the teachers' private lives. Instead, the story focuses almost entirely on the classroom. More specifically, it focuses on an English teacher (Dennis) and her students. That may seem boring, but this movie is anything but. The student characters are well developed and their relationships with each other, their parents, their teachers, and the school administrators are extremely realistic.

Anyone who is tired of the mindless, inhuman **** being shown in multiplexes all over America should give this film a look. It'll be a breath of fresh air. It's a positive, intelligent, engrossing story.

Unfortunately, it's not likely to be in your local video store. But if you should have the rare opportunity of seeing UtDS - perhaps on premium cable or on a VHS tape from a public library - you will not be disappointed!

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