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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
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Anne Dadier
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Jim Murdock
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Lois Judby Hammond
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Mr. Warneke
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Joshua Y. Edwards
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Mr. Halloran
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Dr. Bradley
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Prof. A.R. Kraal
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Gregory W. Miller
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Artie West
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Belazi
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Pete V. Morales
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Emmanuel Stoker
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Detective
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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)
Benny Burt ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Joan Danton ...
Irate Mother (uncredited)
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Latino Student (uncredited)
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Mr. Stanley (uncredited)
Gary Diamond ...
Child (uncredited)
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Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Del Erickson ...
Student (uncredited)
John Erman ...
Daly (uncredited)
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George Katz (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Electrician (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Applicant (uncredited)
Paul Hoffman ...
Mr. Lefkowitz (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ...
Needles - a Teenager (uncredited)
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Frightened Student (uncredited)
Ike Jones ...
Mechanic (uncredited)
Nikki Juston ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Italian Restaurant Table Extra (uncredited)
Carl Kress ...
Peewee (uncredited)
Mickey Little ...
Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Tom McKee ...
Manners (uncredited)
Jerry Mickelsen ...
Krauss (uncredited)
Peter Miller ...
Joe Murray, Attacker of Miss Hammond (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ...
Frank Adams (uncredited)
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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)
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Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
B.W. Sandefur ...
Student (uncredited)
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Father (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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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)
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Mrs. Brophy (uncredited)
Jerry Wynne ...
Murphy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Brooks

Written by

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

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Pandro S. Berman ... producer

Music by

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Scott Bradley ... (uncredited)
Charles Wolcott ... (uncredited)

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Russell Harlan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ferris Webster

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Randall Duell
Cedric Gibbons

Set Decoration by

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Henry Grace
Edwin B. Willis

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

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Al Shenberg ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

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

Sound Department

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

Stunts

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

Music Department

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Charles Wolcott ... music adaptor

Other crew

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Harold Clifton ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Eylla Jacobs ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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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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Taglines The sensational novel...now on the screen! See more »
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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?

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Trivia Film includes the debuts of Jamie Farr, Rafael Campos and Vic Morrow. Morrow's audition helped him beat out a newcomer named Steve McQueen for the role. 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 »
Soundtracks Rock Around the Clock See more »
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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