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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.


Lamont Johnson
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Woodward ... Elizabeth Huckaby
Charles Durning ... Jess Matthews
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Glenn Huckaby
Calvin Levels ... Ernest Green
William Russ ... J.O. Powell
Tamu Blackwell Tamu Blackwell ... Caroline Fuller (as Tamu)
Shannon John Shannon John ... Donna Kirby
Bill Morey Bill Morey ... Virgil Blossom
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Hildebrand
John William Galt John William Galt ... Mr. Kirby (as John Galt)
Robert Ginnaven Robert Ginnaven ... General Thomas Woods
Lori Grupe Lori Grupe ... Marlene
Irma P. Hall ... Lulu Richards
Jerry Haynes ... General
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Mrs. Farrow


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

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Release Date:

4 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crisis en las aulas See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene at the Halloween dance in which a boy begins to dance with one of the paper witches hanging from the ceiling was an ad-lib by the extra (the late Lance Bircher). See more »

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I agree with Richard Fuller's Review
24 April 2016 | by kacarrol-772-445447See all my reviews

I agree with Richard Fuller's review completely. There should have been a movie done from one of the student's point of view. Warriors Don't Cry, the novel my Melba Patillo Beals, one of the 9 students is a poignant memoir of her life during this time. This should be made into a movie. What kind of real perspective could this principal offer? A more compelling movie should now be done from the point of view of one of the 9 students. I've read a few and Warriors Don't Cry is the most compelling. It would be interesting also to do a follow-up or sequel movie using the sequel to Warriors Don't Cry. On Amazon, it's called "White is a State of Mind." I've read it also and it too is an excellent story.

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