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Blackboard Jungle

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Richard Brooks

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Plot Summary

Glen Ford is riveting as a dedicated teacher whose idealism fades under the tensions that rip his classroom apart. Anne Francis and Sidney Poitier co-star.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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76%
  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It gives a blood-curdling, nightmarish picture or monstrous disorder in a public school. And it leaves one wondering wildly whether such out-of-hand horrors can be. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Glenn Ford, Morrow and Poitier are so real in their performances under the probing direction by Brooks that the picture alternatingly has the viewer pleading, indignant and frightened before the conclusion. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Writer-director Richard Brooks had a flair for sensationalism, and his adaptation of Evan Hunter's novel is loads of fun as a consequence, but don't expect much analysis or insight. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Originating the genre of 'dedicated teacher reaches troubled kids in a ghetto school', this is still affecting although heavy-handed. – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

great movie

Glenn Ford is a total bada** a key element in the birth of rock n roll

enjoyable

perfect 50s movie

Blackboard Jungle
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1955

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