Up The Down Staircase

Synopsis: 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 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?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Robert Mulligan
Production: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Rotten Tomatoes:
80%
APPROVED
Year:
1967
124 min
72 Views


l'm sorry. What?

Would you please tell me

what room this is?

Yes. This is room 322. My name

is on the blackboard. Miss Barrett.

l will have you in homeroom all term,

and l hope to see some of you

in my English class.

-English.

-Now, someone once said

that first impressions are very important.

Miss Barrett, you want me to

get the stuff from your mailbox?

Yes, all right. That would be nice.

Thank you very much.

-Someone once said that first...

-Can l fetch a drink of water?

-Are you a regular or a substitute?

-ls this 322?

Yes. You're late.

l'm not late. l'm absent.

Class, please.

-You are?

-l was absent all last term.

-Well... Why don't you sit down?

-l can't sit down.

l'm dropping out.

You're supposed to sign

my book clearance from last term.

Hey, there's glass all over my desk

from this broken window.

l know. Just don't touch the broken glass,

and don't touch the broken window.

lt should be reported to the janitor.

Custodian! Custodian.

This is a very classy school.

-l'll go. Let me go.

-Does anybody know where the janitor is?

l'll go, Teach.

-l'm going.

-Let me go, man.

Class, please.

l'm afraid there won't be time

for the discussion that l had planned

on first impressions.

l am passing out...

-She's passing out!

-Give her air.

Fresh air.

l am passing out Delaney cards,

and l would like you to fill them out

as quickly as possible

while l take attendance.

-Sorry l'm late. l was in the Late Room.

-What is the Late Room?

The Late Room. Where they make you sit

to make up for your latenesses

when you're late.

Otherwise l would have been on time.

For parents' name, can l use my aunt?

Yes, if you...

Yes, of course you may.

-Amdur, Janet.

-Present.

-You, young man, why are you late?

-l'm not even here.

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Tad Mosel

Tad Mosel (May 1, 1922 – August 24, 2008) was an American playwright and one of the leading dramatists of hour-long teleplay genre for live television during the 1950s. He received the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play All the Way Home. more…

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