Approved | | Crime, Drama
A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.
The original novel was based on author Evan Hunter's own experiences as a teacher in New York City's tough South Bronx area. Hunter (who found fame as crime writer Ed McBain) said, "I thought I was going to give these kids who want to be motor mechanics Shakespeare and they were going to appreciate it and they weren't buying it. I went home in tears night after night."
Pete V. Morales:
I get up at 7:30, go wash. But my stinking sister, she's still in the bathroom, so I can't get in.
Richard Dadier: That's fine, boy. keep on talking.
Pete V. Morales: So then I go to the stinking bathroom. I wash my stinking face. Then I eat some stinking sausages.
Artie West: Louder, come on!
As Professor Kraal escorts Dadier through the suburban school, the sound of students singing the national anthem is heard in the distance, louder in each succeeding scene, missing no verses. Kraal and Dadier are eventually shown ending their tour in the school auditorium, where they've joined the students in singing the anthem's final verse. However, in order for the two men to be present during the assembly while the students were still singing the anthem, the students would have to have sung the anthem over and over again for the entire time it took for the two men to tour the school.
"We, in the United States, are fortunate to have a school system that is a tribute to our communities and to our faith in American youth. Today we are concerned with juvenile delinquency -- its causes -- and its effects. We are especially concerned when this delinquency boils over into our schools. The scenes and incidents depicted here are fictional. However, we believe that public awareness is a first step toward a remedy for any problem. Is is in this spirit and with this faith that BLACKBOARD JUNGLE was produced."
Initially banned in Australia. This decision was reversed but with 165 ft removed (1:50 at 24 fps). In 2005, it was passed uncut with an M rating for "moderate violence".
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