Blackboard Jungle ()

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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

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Richard Dadier
Anne Dadier
Jim Murdock
Lois Judby Hammond
Mr. Warneke
Joshua Y. Edwards
Mr. Halloran
Dr. Bradley
Prof. A.R. Kraal
Gregory W. Miller
Artie West
Pete V. Morales
Emmanuel Stoker
Santini (as Jameel Farah)
Danny Dennis ...
De Lica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alpert ...
Lou Savoldi (uncredited)
Jimmy Ames ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Dwayne Avery ...
Student (uncredited)
Ben Avila ...
Student (uncredited)
Henny Backus ...
Miss Brady (uncredited)
Doyle Baker ...
Wilson (uncredited)
Beau Buchanan ...
Student (uncredited)
Bartender (uncredited)
Joan Danton ...
Irate Mother (uncredited)
Latino Student (uncredited)
Mr. Stanley (uncredited)
Gary Diamond ...
Child (uncredited)
Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Del Erickson ...
Student (uncredited)
Daly (uncredited)
George Katz (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Electrician (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Applicant (uncredited)
Paul Hoffman ...
Mr. Lefkowitz (uncredited)
Needles - a Teenager (uncredited)
Frightened Student (uncredited)
Ike Jones ...
Mechanic (uncredited)
Nikki Juston ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Italian Restaurant Table Extra (uncredited)
Carl Kress ...
Peewee (uncredited)
Mickey Little ...
Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Tom McKee ...
Manners (uncredited)
Jerry Mickelsen ...
Krauss (uncredited)
Joe Murray, Attacker of Miss Hammond (uncredited)
Frank Adams (uncredited)
Miss Panucci (uncredited)
Manuel París ...
Italian Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)
Virginia Pherrin ...
Teacher in Lounge (uncredited)
Gerald Phillips ...
Carter (uncredited)
Chris Randall ...
Levy (uncredited)
William Rhinehart ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Steven Roberts ...
Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
B.W. Sandefur ...
Student (uncredited)
Father (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Kid (uncredited)
Steve Stevens ...
Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Yoshihiro Tomita ...
Tomita (uncredited)
Skip Torgerson ...
Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Bystander at Accident Scene (uncredited)
Mrs. Brophy (uncredited)
Jerry Wynne ...
Murphy (uncredited)

Directed by

Richard Brooks

Written by

Richard Brooks ... (screenplay)
Evan Hunter ... (novel "The Blackboard Jungle")

Produced by

Pandro S. Berman ... producer

Music by

Charles Wolcott ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Russell Harlan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Ferris Webster

Art Direction by

Randall Duell
Cedric Gibbons

Set Decoration by

Henry Grace
Edwin B. Willis

Makeup Department

John Truwe ... makeup artist
William Tuttle ... makeup artist
Dave Grayson ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Al Shenberg ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Joel Freeman ... assistant director
Buddy Messinger ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Hank Moonjean ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Wesley C. Miller ... sound recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn ... sound (uncredited)


Eli Bo Jack Blackfeather ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)

Music Department

Charles Wolcott ... music adaptor
Scott Bradley ... composer: cartoon sequence music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Eylla Jacobs ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Harold Clifton ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

War veteran Rick Dadier is one of three new teachers hired at North Manual High School, an inner city boys school. This is his first teaching assignment, which he needs to support himself and his insecure pregnant wife, Anne. Despite Principle Warnecke's assertions to the contrary, Dadier quickly learns that the rumors of student discipline problems at the school are indeed true. The established teachers at the school try to counsel the newcomers, all inexperienced in such situations, as how best to handle the rowdy students. Regardless, Dadier tries to exert discipline in his class, which provokes a violent response. Dadier believes the student leaders against him are Artie West, but more specifically Gregory Miller, who he thinks uses the fact of being black as a means of racial provocation. Dadier has to decide either to leave and teach at a "real" school, or stay and figure out how to get through to his students. If he decides to stay, he has to figure out who the real disruptive influences are, especially as they have resorted to attacks of a personal nature that affect especially Anne. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • The Blackboard Jungle (United States)
  • Graine de violence (France)
  • Die Saat der Gewalt (Germany)
  • Semilla de maldad (Spain)
  • Sementes de Violência (Portugal)
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  • 101 min
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Budget $1,168,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The original novel was based on author Evan Hunter's own experiences as a teacher in New York City's tough South Bronx area. Hunter (who found fame as crime writer Ed McBain) said, "I thought I was going to give these kids who want to be motor mechanics Shakespeare and they were going to appreciate it and they weren't buying it. I went home in tears night after night." See more »
Goofs In the garage scene, when Miller starts fixing the car, he says "nobody gives a hoot", but his lips indicates he really says "nobody gives a damn". The replacement of the profanity is made humorous by the director, who chose to play the sound effect of a car horn when the word "hoot" is uttered. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Heavy Petting (1989). See more »
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Crazy Credits "We, in the United States, are fortunate to have a school system that is a tribute to our communities and to our faith in American youth. Today we are concerned with juvenile delinquency -- its causes -- and its effects. We are especially concerned when this delinquency boils over into our schools. The scenes and incidents depicted here are fictional. However, we believe that public awareness is a first step toward a remedy for any problem. Is is in this spirit and with this faith that BLACKBOARD JUNGLE was produced." See more »
Quotes Richard Dadier: Yeah, I've been beaten up, but I'm not beaten. I'm not beaten, and I'm not quittin'.
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