Up the Down Staircase

Film

Time Out says

Documentary-style drama dealing with the problems that face an idealistic young schoolteacher when she is assigned to a rough school in a slum area. Some of the characters are very accurately drawn (by Sandy Dennis as the teacher, Ellen O'Mara as a lovesick schoolgirl); others are stereotypes. Some of the situations work (the plot is little more than a catalogue of events), others don't. It comes to precious few conclusions, but does at least provide a talking-point of sorts in its portrayal of a frighteningly unenlightened American educational system. DMcG.

Details

Release details

Duration:
123 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Robert Mulligan
Screenwriter:
Tad Mosel
Cast:
Sandy Dennis
Patrick Bedford
Eileen Heckart
Ruth White
Jean Stapleton
Sorrell Booke
Roy Poole
Ellen O'Mara