Up the Down Staircase (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

Up the Down Staircase (1967)




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Based on a novel by Bel Kaufman, this is the story of a new teacher in the New York public school system who wants to make a difference in her students' lives. Sandy Dennis' portrayal of the flighty, slightly mad young woman of Kaufman's book was excellent, but the frenetic energy of the book was not duplicated by the movie.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tad Mosel, Tad Mosel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2007


Sandy Dennis
as Sylvia Barrett
Patrick Bedford
as Paul Barringer
Eileen Heckart
as Henrietta Pastorfiel...
Roy Poole
as McHabe
Ruth White
as Miss Schracter
Jean Stapleton
as Miss Finch
Florence Stanley
as Ella Friedenberg
Salvatore Rasa
as Harry A. Kagan
John Fantauzzi
as Ed Williams
María Landa
as Carole Blanca
Lewis Wallach
as Lou Martin
Loretta Leversee
as Social Studies Teach...
Robert Levine
as Mr. Osborne
Vinnette Carrol
as The Mother
Elena Karam
as Nurse Eagen
Frances Sternhagen
as Charlotte Wolf
Candace Culkin
as Linda Rosen
Janice Mars
as Miss Gordon
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Critic Reviews for Up the Down Staircase

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Humorless version of Kaufman's novel doesn't show Mulligan's personal touch.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Classic Film and Television

Picks up where Blackboard Jungle (1955) left off.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Up the Down Staircase

Well made, well acted drama of a young teacher's struggle to adapt to a tough inner city school. Some of the sheen has worn off the topicality of the issue since there have been many versions of it but this is a fine rendering of the tale. Sandy Dennis is perfectly cast in the lead.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith

I really like Sandy Dennis in this film, and her character. Her nervous energy makes her feel real. It's a unique style that works well in this emotional drama. (First and only viewing - 11/18/2014)

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