Up the Down Staircase

Up the Down Staircase (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 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?

Writing:
  • Tad Mosel
  • Bel Kaufman
Directing:
  • Robert Mulligan
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  • Release Date: 1967-06-28
  • Language: English
  • Country: US
  • Runtime: 124

Sorrell Booke

Dr. Bester

Jean Stapleton

Sadie Finch

Frances Sternhagen

Charlotte Wolf, School Librarian

Sandy Dennis

Sylvia Barrett

Patrick Bedford

Paul Barringer

Eileen Heckart

Henrietta Pastorfield

Ruth White

Beatrice Schacter

Florence Stanley

Ellen Friedenberg

Bud Cort

Student

Esther Rolle

Teacher

Linda Gillen

Student
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