Blackboard Jungle Reviews
The casting is great. Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier ,and Vic Morrow all turn fine performances
(1955) Blackboard Jungle
Glenn Ford stars as Richard, a teacher with it's intentions to reform extremely rebellious and antagonistic students without much help from anybody especially from the staff! Well intentioned because it's the first film that deals with high school delinquents like watching a stage play in some parts!! However, sometimes it's a little too over the top- and demands subtley. And in this day and age, times had really changed since then making some of the characters unrelatable that if their were any troubled child to occur could easily get a suspension and can be arrested if tresspass on school property!
2 out of 4
"Yeah, I've been beaten up, but I'm not beaten. I'm not beaten, and I'm not quittin'."
"The film features smoldering performances by a young Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow as tough-as-nails rebels fighting over the role of leader in Dadier's classroom. This innovative and ultimately uplifting portrayal of a generation at odds with the world served as a seminal portrait of the darker side of the 1950s" --- RT
For the reasons above and many more, catch this film. It was way ahead of its time and Glenn Ford was way ahead of his time as well for trying to act the role of a idealistic teacher of smart ass kids.
A forerunner to To Sir With Love, this film paved the way for West Side Story. Hard hitting, gritty drama.
Worth watching more than once.
No other film had tackled inner city problems in schools, and the struggles teachers face to get their students to WANT to learn. Also featured racial, sexual, and social tension that were unseen at the time in Hollywood film.
Also, a film that featured a strong black lead in Hollywood in the 1950s, and launched the great Sidney Poitier. Glenn Ford plays his role fantastically, and every character is believable in this film, and each character (teacher and student) represents a demographic in the educational and social hierarchy that we can still see today.