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Blackboard Jungle

Blackboard Jungle(1955)

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  • One Bad Apple

    • disinterested spectator
    • 8/25/14

    Glenn Ford becomes a teacher at a high school, and it is a jungle indeed. Mean, scary, and dangerous, the students are a bunch of savages. Later in the film, Glenn Ford is taken on a tour of another school. And what a bunch of polite, well-mannered, well-dressed students they are, attending to their lessons, right after singing "The Star Spangled Banner." The point is to show that not all teenagers are bad. But what no one seems to notice, even though it was obvious to me, is that the good school had both boys and girls in it, whereas Ford's high school was for boys only. Anyway, the problem is not solved by making the school go co-educational. Rather, the movie's solution is to concentrate all the evil into just one student, and then get rid of that student. When Vic Morrow pulls out his switchblade knife, Sydney Poitier warns Ford, "Watch out chief! He's floating on Sneaky Pete wine." The other students help subdue Morrow, and once he is expelled, we discover that all the rest of the students are basically good, and now that this Wicked Witch has been eliminated, all the problems are solved.

  • Countless Viewings

    • GypsyPi3000
    • 4/19/13

    I have seen this movie more times than I could count. I'm glad I have. It's a good film. I like it because it is so far removed from my life it opens my eyes to differences and similarities we all have in life. The one thing I have a hard time understanding is West's extreme hatred of Dadier to the point of sending his wife letters and calling her to accuse Dadier of adultery. Also, West seems to be partly correct in that Hammond would be very interested in having an affair with Dadier. So, I just wonder how he knew that.

  • Blackbaord Jungle-The Class

    • Ross
    • 4/19/13

    As a teacher I love the movie however the casting of the students left something to be desired. Major error in casting Vic Morrow as a student, good acton wrong movie. He was MUCH, much too old and threw off the messge and credibility of the rest of the students with his presence. Just a thought.Ross

  • Blackboard Jungle

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 10/19/12

    If "The Wild One" created the archetypal teen rebel, this film made them more complex beings. Ford is a teacher who comes into conflict with the boys at his inner-city school, Poitier is great & Damon is perfect as an unapologetic thug. This film had a major impact on viewers with the brutality seen, the famous rock hit "Around the Clock" sets the tone for the whole film. A gritty, excellent social commentary that has aged little. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Film Classic

    • Bob Hendrick
    • 1/25/09

    When you think of great directors like Wyler, Huston, Kazan, and Ford (to name a few); you must add Richard Brooks to that list. Like Huston, he wrote his own (usually original) screenplays, and his body of work is extensive and brilliant. Blackboard Jungle was the forerunner of all the juvenile delinquent movies that would follow. Glenn Ford has never been better; and should have received an Academy Award nomination. Sidney Poitier Vic Morrow and Richard Kiley stand out in supporting roles. I was a junior in high school when this film came out, and I and my peers flocked to see it.

  • Ahead Of It's Time

    • Bruce Reber
    • 1/21/09

    "Blackboard Jungle" is the first film to confront the realities of violence and juvenile delinquency in America's urban high schools in the 1950's. It is a powerful unflinching look at a problem that still exists over 50 years later. It is the first film to feature Rock and Roll music, preceding the Elvis Presley films. It is an intense story of one teacher who finds his ideals tested by both the cynical attitude of the other teachers and the delinquents in his class who are unwilling to learn or even make the effort. But he also finds redemption when he stands up to the class ringleader, wins the respect of the other students and sees that there may be some hope after all. I watch it every time it airs on TCM; I have a poor quality recording on VHS but hope to have the DVD soon.

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