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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:
The usual story about the inner city teacher 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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Runtime:
124 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
The U.S. State Department submitted this film to the 1967 Moscow Film Festival, in order to contradict Soviet propaganda, which implied that all American schools were racially segregated.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During opening scenes of kids returning to school, the voice of Miss Finch (Jean Stapleton) blares from public address system (urging students to report to different rooms, ignore real time bells, etc.) yet when Sylvia walks into office where Miss Finch is working, she has no access to a microphone or other broadcast equipment that would enable her voice to be heard throughout entire school.See more »
Quotes:
Sylvia Barrett:If you deny what you know, or what you are, or where you are, you deny the simplest part of being alive, and then you die.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Batman" (1966)See more »

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The usual story about the inner city teacher, 9 April 2013
Author: atlasmb from United States

Up the Down Staircase is one in a series of films that explore the difficulties of teaching in an inner city high school. Its theme is that a caring teacher can make a difference in the life of a student, overcoming the sad realities and the fears that come with the territory.

The Blackboard Jungle (1955) came before this film. Later came To Sir with Love, and Stand and Deliver. It sometimes seems unrealistic that a teacher in such a dangerous and discouraging environment could persevere and succeed. But we must remember that Stand and Deliver is a true story about a real teacher who achieved remarkable results.

One reviewer called Sandy Dennis "quirky". That description fits her, as well as some others in the film (Eileen Heckart, Jean Stapleton, etc.). The result is a feeling that the classroom--and the school in general--is teetering on the edge between success and failure.

Another reviewer, a teacher, asserted that school environment portrayed in the film is unrealistic. I personally know a teacher who survived many years in the Trenton NJ school system and who daily regaled me with her stories about a ridiculously political and inept administration, inadequate supplies, and threats to personal safety. In this regard, the film is true.

In the end, the truth is that many teachers who are employees of such systems do not deserve the name "teacher", but only seek to survive another day with no concern for the students. But there are exceptional teachers, all the more remarkable because of their scarcity.

Up the Down Staircase is not the best of this genre, but it honestly portrays the challenges of an inner city teacher. And it honors those teachers who care and persevere. I give it a "6".

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