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Up the Down Staircase

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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.
Written by DMcG

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
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