Up the Down Staircase

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Up the Down Staircase

new york city based on novel or book high school teacher high school teacher schoolteacher english teacher

Up the Down Staircase

Release Date: June 28, 1967

Year    :   1967
Slogan    :   «Simple words that start a war: "Good morning. My name is Miss Barrett. I am your Home Room teacher..."»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Park Place Production
Director    :   Robert Mulligan
Producers    :   Alixe Gordin, George Justin, Alan J. Pakula, Tony Major
Writers    :   Tad Mosel, Bel Kaufman
RunTime    :   124 mins.

Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules (there's an up and a down staircase); bells ring at the wrong time. Nevertheless, she tries. How she handles the chaos and her despair in her first semester makes up the film: a promising student drops out, another sleeps through class, a girl with a crush on a male teacher gets suicidal, and a bright but troublesome student misunderstands Sylvia's reaching out. A discussion of Dickens, parents' night, and a mock trial highlight the term. Can she make it?

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