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Crisis at Central High (1981)

Story of the federally-ordered integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Elizabeth Huckaby
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Jess Matthews
Henderson Forsythe ...
Glenn Huckaby
Calvin Levels ...
Ernest Green
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J.O. Powell
Tamu Blackwell ...
Caroline Fuller (as Tamu)
Shannon John ...
Donna Kirby
Bill Morey ...
Virgil Blossom
Tony Frank ...
Hildebrand
John William Galt ...
Mr. Kirby (as John Galt)
Robert Ginnaven ...
General Thomas Woods
Lori Grupe ...
Marlene
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Lulu Richards
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Rosanna Huffman ...
Mrs. Farrow
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Story of the federally-ordered integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

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4 February 1981 (USA)  »

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Crisis en las aulas  »

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The interiors were shot in historic Woodrow Wilson High School (built 1928) in the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas. Many students, including the late Lance Bircher, were used in the filming. The students had trouble understanding the concept of separate schools for blacks and whites and the resulting struggles as the school was cited by the Supreme Court as a model for natural integration during the Dallas desegregation case. They were thrilled to receive a visit from Miss Woodward's husband, Paul Newman. See more »

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High School Horror Stars in Racially Charged Film ****
11 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of the efforts to bring about racial integration and the attempts to defeat it are well-defined in this excellent made for television movie in 1981.

Joanne Woodward has never been better as English teacher Elizabeth Huckaby. Her memoirs detail the emotionally charged academic year of 1957 when the school was ordered to admit black students.

Looking at Ms. Woodward, she represented the embodiment of an English teacher far outdoing the comical Eve Arden in "Our Miss Brooks."

Teaching became an absolute disaster that year with student minds concentrated on the picketing and racial taunts being hurled at black students attempting to enter. With it all, Huckaby attempts to conduct classes, as emotions run high throughout the school and country.

Woodward's success as Huckaby is depicted by her being a victim of the situation as well. Finally, we see her in a role where she is not emotionally entangled because of her own personal hangups. She is the way she is because of the situation around her.

Those black students who arrive face an awesome situation. Insulted, bullied and threatened, one decides to leave but the others will stick with it.

What an academic year in this engrossing film!


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