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  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: May 10 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNHE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,229 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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This is a classic. If you like performance with a message from an era of cliche this is the movie for you! It's a time when men were men, women loved them or were tarts, bad boys had the world against them yet good choices could take them in the right direction. This was a time when the bad boys who stayed bad got caught and punished. This movie is based on a real school in New York City that my uncle went to -- He turned out just fine!!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on April 23 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie in 1955. It was one of the best in that age in the genre about alienated youth, dealing as it did with ghetto kids and minorities rather than the spoiled brats of "Rebel Without a Cause."
Most of all, the movie introduced me and a million other kids to Rock and Roll. I remember listening spellbound to "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets at the end of the movie. Something, I perceived in my little noodle brain, had changed -- and nothing would ever be the same again.
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Early Poitier flick. He's actually not in very much of it. Elements of what made him the greatest black actor ever are already evident. The movie itself is merely ok. On those crazy kids. Rebel Without a Cause, released the same year, is a far superior movie on the same exact subject. So, James Dean fans watch that one and Poitier fans watch this one.
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By A Customer on March 8 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This tough, gritty film created quite a stir in 1955 with its approach to incorrigible students unwilling to learn or listen and their self-destructive tendencies. A brave, tireless teacher is determined to remain at a trade school and try to shape and mold young minds against heavy odds. Richard Dadier [Glenn Ford] is beset by many problems, personal and professional, but he eventually wins over his unruly students by teaching them about life, racial intolerance, and responsibility as well as the three Rs that his charges so desperately need to learn. Dadier remains true to his personal values as he dotes on his pregnant wife who fears another miscarriage, resists the advances of a lonely, sexually frustrated fellow teacher and returns to the classroom to confront and teach the same thugs who beat him and another teacher senseless in an alley. The student body has a diverse ethnic make-up and the volatile racial angle flares up in several scenes. Margaret Hayes has a nice turn as a teacher with plenty of sex appeal and because she doesn't dress like a teacher should, she gets catcalls and whistles from her male students who ogle her figure appreciatively. Sidney Poitier is also good as Miller, the thoughtful student who Dadier targets to pull the other boys into line and turn the tables on Vic Morrow's sneering, lawless thug Artie West.
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By A Customer on Dec 3 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The Blackboard Jungle was produced in 1955-a popular time period for movies dealing with teenage delinquency. Richard Dadier is a teacher who gets his first assignment in a rough inner-city school. Dadier has trouble exerting his authority over the students while other teachers have given up.
Gregory Miller, played by Sidney Poitier, is pinpointed by Dadier as the leader of the students. Dadier wants to reach Miller in hopes at reaching other students. But it is soon discovered that Artie West and his student gang rule the school.
Dadier foiled an attempted sexual assault (against another teacher, Ms. Hammond) by one of the students in the gang. The other members vow revenge on Dadier. In the end of the film, West attacks Dadier with a knife and Miller comes to the aid of Dadier.
For me, I feel that the main message about teenagers/youth culture was that kids were often labeled as delinquents without fully understanding them. Dadier assumed that all of the students were problem students, yet really it was a select few. Also, such students', growing up in poorer families, seemed to be labeled as delinquents and thus not much is expected of them or their future. Dadier tries to change this by showing his students that he does care about all of them.
Even though this film was created almost 55 years ago, I think it does a decent job capturing the realities of some youth cultures. I, myself, can not relate to such deviance in school, but I can imagine for those who grew up in urban areas, that students are much more disrespectful, abusive and delinquent, just like they are depicted in the film.
I liked that the film focused on a teacher who was willing to fight for the students. While watching this movie, I am reminded of the film Dangerous Minds. Both movies contain teachers who don't back down from a challenge. They help the students because they want to, not because they have too.
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1955's "The Blackboard Jungle" remains a poignant, relevant portrayal of life in America's public schools. The story of WWII vet turned English teacher (Glenn Ford)as he struggles to reach a class of apathetic teens who do not want to be reached, the movie takes us from Ford's unsuspecting classroom debut through his efforts to lead a normal home life despite the pressures of his new job and finally to a climactic showdown with his most evil of students.
The movie's cast is thoroughly excellent. Ford is at once tough and terribly vulnerable as the embattled new teacher, Margaret Hayes is all patrician slinkiness as For'd wanne-be paramour, Sidney Poitier is convincing as the slowly mellowing student, and Anne Francis is even sexier than she was in "Forbidden Planet" as Ford's supportive but insecure wife.
There's much to appreciate in this film. Partly intended to help comat the growing problem of juvenile delinquency in 50s America, the film tries hard to achieve realism and generally succeeds. The students in Ford's class are disillusioned, lazy, suspicious, arrogant, obnoxious, and sometimes dangerous--which is exactly how teens are in real life. The only typical teenage bad habit that's not portrayed (or at least suggested) is cursing, which of course 50s moral standards would not allow on the big screen. But if they don't swear, Ford's students have no trouble finding other ways to be both annoying and anarchic, just like real kids. Interestingly, Ford discovers (much like this reviewer did) that sometimes the best way to reach apathetic kids is with a cartoon. Sad.
Another great thing about this movie is its approach to the politics of the school world. The movie's teachers argue and struggle not only with their students, but amongst themselves.
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