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Up the Down Staircase
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(1967)

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?

Runtime:
2:04
Released:
January 01, 1967

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Cast

Tk78gwrtxucdvfslp0wp9s37bl6 Sandy Dennis Sylvia Barrett
Patrick Bedford Paul Barringer
Kxh9cdw1ytep6icueta984j0duw Eileen Heckart Henrietta Pastorfield
Ruth White Beatrice Schacter
Yfmksfhshvdpvyxbojvi2qtbboh Jean Stapleton Sadie Finch
4lufv048vmqjbm98uwklsetsq60 Sorrell Booke Dr. Bester
Roy Poole Mr. McHabe
Vamecmnbkihyh2xhz6mipimdjlm Florence Stanley Ellen Friedenberg
Ellen O'Mara Alice Blake
Jeff Howard Joe Ferone
Vinnette Carroll The Mother
Martha Greenhouse Mrs. Kagan
Lslmtxgucrlqm1elpygtbbuthqc Frances Sternhagen Charlotte Wolf, school librarian
Elena Karam School nurse
Maria Landa Carole Blanca
Candace Culkin Linda Rosen
Lew Wallach Lou Martin
Salvatore Rasa Harry A. Kagan
Jose Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez
John Fantauzzi Eddie Williams

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Directing

Robert Mulligan Director

Writing

Tad Mosel Screenplay