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The Blackboard Jungle (Sous-titres franais)


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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 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
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. 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: #31,929 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Blackboard Jungle, The (DVD)

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Novelist Evan Hunter burst America's postwar bubble when he described an inner-city school terrorized by switchblade-wielding juvenile delinquents. Director-screenwriter Richard Brooks's 1955 adaptation of Blackboard Jungle still packs a tremendous wallop (even if it was shot mostly on the back lot). A forerunner of Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story, this black-and-white classic--set to Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock"--is part exposé, part melodrama, part public-service announcement. "It is the frankest, the toughest, the most realistic film since On the Waterfront," ballyhooed MGM at the time.

Glenn Ford, at his slow-to-rile best, plays Richard Dadier, an incoming English teacher at North Manual High School. An idealist who knows how to handle himself in a dark alley, Dadier stands his ground and earns the begrudging respect of school thugs led by Vic Morrow and Sidney Poitier. Anne Francis plays Ford's especially vulnerable wife; Richard Kiley (later in Brooks's Looking for Mr. Goodbar) is the timid math teacher with the priceless jazz-record collection; Louis Calhern and John Hoyt are among the more cynical North Manual High veterans. See if you can ID Jamie Farr and director Paul Mazursky as gang members. The film was nominated for four Oscars. --Glenn Lovell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7 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 2 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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I remember seeing this movie in 1955 when I was eleven or twelve years old, and it's surprising how much I remembered about the movie before viewing it again. Since ordering the movie I have looked at it again three additional times. Being a former teacher, I enjoy teacher movies, and if a movie rates five stars it must be able to withstand repeated viewings. This movie easily passes that test. I enjoyed noticing the difference in audio/visual materials used in the school in the movie, namely the use of a reel-to-reel tape recorder and a movie projector to show movies. This movie ushered in the rock-and-roll era with the song "Rock Around the Clock", and introduced the term "Daddy-o". I plan on showing this movie to my after school class of students on social history of the 1950's. I know they will enjoy it.
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on April 23 2004
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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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By A Customer on Aug. 8 1998
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Glenn Ford is excellent as the idealistic teacher struggling to deal with a group of rowdy students. This movie is a very dramatic, interesting look at the juvenile problems of the 1950s. A role that should have earned Glenn Ford an Oscar and more recognition for his outstanding portrayal. Overall: A MUST see movie! END
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