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Crisis at Central High (1980)





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Crisis at Central High is the sort of film that fully justifies the existence of made-for-TV movies. This superior effort is a dramatization of the court-ordered integration of Little Rock, Arkansas' Central High School in 1957. With threats of violence mounting (and some carried out), it becomes necessary for the government to send in Federal troops to escort the nine black teenagers who have been chosen to break the color barriers. Covering events from the beginning of the scholastic year to the graduation exercises, the film is based on the journals of Central High teacher/administrator Elizabeth Hucksby, who is here played by Joanne Woodward. Adapted (with precisely no political axes to grind) by Richard Levinson and William Link, Crisis at Central High made its triumphant debut on February 4, 1981.


Joanne Woodward
as Elizabeth Huckaby
as Caroline Fuller
Shannon John
as Donna Kirby
Bill Moray
as Virgil Blossom
Tony Frank
as Hildebrand
Lori Grupe
as Marlene
Irma P. Hall
as Lulu Richards
Jerry Haynes
as General
Rosanna Huffman
as Mrs. Farrow
Suzie Humphreys
as Mrs. Kirby
Ray LePere
as George Truitt
Pat Long
as Billie Hobbs
Riona Martin
as Carlotta Walls
Bonnie Pemberton
as Maggie Armstrong
Annabelle Weenick
as Dorothy Truitt
Nina Wilson
as Miss Pettijohn
Norma Young
as Miss Opie
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