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Like Dangerous Minds (1995) 28 years later, this movie was filmed in a real-life urban high school building, using real high school kids from the neighborhood as extras, many of whom were believed to be armed on the set.
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.
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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.
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The winter scenes were filmed on a hot day in August 1966.
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Bel Kaufman's original description of Sylvia Barrett was closer to that of Audrey Hepburn.
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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."
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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.
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Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago has a small role as a student, this was her film debut and her only film role. Her experiences from working on the film are highlighted in her book "Almost a Woman" (see also: Almost a Woman (2002)).
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Dr. Bester cites the price of the new school building as $7.5M, which is approximately equivalent to $50,875,000 in 2012.
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Benjamin Franklin High School on Pleasant Avenue and 116th Street is now the Center for Mathematics and Science. The building is seen on the cover of the DVD with Sandy Dennis in foreground.
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