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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elizabeth Huckaby
... Jess Matthews
Henderson Forsythe ... Glenn Huckaby
... Ernest Green
... 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
... Lulu Richards
... General
Rosanna Huffman ... Mrs. Farrow


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

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4 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crisis en las aulas  »

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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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Hollywood Discrimination and Racism
30 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Had this been an actual historical event from the fifties about nine white kids, you can bet your bottom dollar Hollywood would have made a movie about it and updated every decade since the sixties. It would be a given.

As it is, Hollywood's only venture into the Little Rock High situation was to make a movie about it , . . . . based on the principal's point of view.

Virtually nothing of the kids thoughts, ideas, how they felt.

Nothing about Minne Jean's chili that got her expelled. We did see Elizabeth Eckford's lone walk to school, but we heard nothing from her.

We do hear from the girl photographed screaming at her and the picture would be circulated worldwide (the two women have since become friends and appeared together about that moment), but it amounted to very little insight.

Joanne Woodward works as the principal, but there is virtually nothing for her to do. The story was all in the children and the woman who supervised getting them to school and having to evacuate them when the rioting would get out of control.

IT was their story.

Nothing about the lonliness of the children, nothing about Ernest Green getting no applause when he graduated.

Typical Hollywood movie in that it was incredibly inaccurate.

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