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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:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(3 articles)
User Reviews:
If There Is A Collision, I Want To Be In The Middle!! See more (28 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)
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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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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:
Dr. Bester cites the price of the new school building as $7.5M, which is approximately equivalent to $50,875,000 in 2012.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:
[Frequently Over Intercom]
Mrs. Finch:Disregard all bells.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Acid Eaters (1968)See more »

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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
If There Is A Collision, I Want To Be In The Middle!!, 11 June 2007
Author: dataconflossmoor from United States

If you ever stopped to think about it, what is life really about? Making a difference!!! Who likes adversity? On the other hand, adversity makes you aware of the fact that you are alive... For teachers, there are thousands and thousands of students out there who have a subconscious reliance on them!! Students bring on a bevy of inhibitions, fears, and acute human inadequacies which teachers have thrust upon them and become burdened with!! Kids have problems, as do adults, teenage problems are just different from adult problems, nonetheless, we all have problems, problems are what make us human!! Without challenges, we lack a rudimentary purpose!! This is what the movie "Up the Down Staircase" is all about!!

Sandy Dennis plays the brand new teacher who is emotionally barraged by a bunch of reprobates (students) from the Bronx!! Who would want such a job? Evaluating Miss Barrett's aggregate circumstances, back in 1967, teachers made so little money! In compounding this utterly deplorable situation, now descends the grief, the lack of funding for basic materials, the violence, the faculty/student apathy, and the overall administrative despondence!! Such an obstacle course makes the job of teaching in the inner city a living nightmare!!When does all of it end? Why doesn't everyone who is teaching in this inner city rat trap just get the hell out of there, and focus on preserving their sanity!!! Miss Barrett (Sandy Dennis) quickly becomes an advocate of throwing in the towel!! Now strikes the proverbial and humanistic nerve cord which enlightens her, and makes her realize that at some level she has made a difference.. If you can communicate with one student at some time, and be told that you made a difference in their lives, you have been rewarded.. If you are able to conceptualize that a quality in a student is not ordinary because it is extraordinary, then you have attained a metamorphosis in human behavior that sparks a coveted gratification!!!Such a fate affected Sandy Dennis, and such a movie "Up the Down Staircase" articulated the importance of such an accomplishment!!! The director, Robert Mulligan ("To Kill A Mockingbird") is one of the greatest directors in Hollywood!! The movie, "Up the Down Staircase" is very powerful in it's ideological premise!! Sandy Dennis is remarkable in this film, of course, how can she top her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"? Nevertheless, Sandy Dennis was superb in this movie!! The supporting actors and actresses in the film "Up the Down Staircase" did an excellent job as well!!! I very much endorse the idea of seeing this movie, definitely!!! The underlying realization of necessary challenges has a very intellectual cohesiveness in this film!! A must for educators!!! Without a doubt, one of the better efforts of the cinema!!

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