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Up the Down Staircase

6.6
109
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Original title
Up the Down Staircase
Year
Running time
124 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Tad Mosel (Novel: Bel Kaufman)
Music
Fred Karlin
Cinematography
Joseph F. Coffey
Cast
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Producer
Park Place Production. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre
Drama | Education
Synopsis / Plot
Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules (there's an up and and a down staircase); bells ring at the wrong time. Nevertheless, she tries. How she handles the chaos and her despair in her first semester makes up the film: a promising student drops out, another sleeps through class, a girl with a crush on a male teacher gets suicidal, and a bright but troublesome student misunderstands Sylvia's reaching out. A discussion of Dickens, parents' night, and a mock trial highlight the term. Can she make it?
Awards
1967: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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