Jump to content


Waker Film Reviews! Up the Down Staircase (1967) 2013.04.09

  • Please log in to reply
No replies to this topic

#1 Waker



  • Knight
  • 783 posts
  • a boy with lots of lists and books

Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:34 PM

Release year: 1967

Director: Robert Mulligan



Rating: 3.5/5

Watched: Apr 09, 2013


An uptown, upper class teacher with a degree from a prestigious university decides to take the opportunity to teach in a ghetto school. It goes as these kinds of films do these days. But its depiction of the students and interaction with the teacher are as visceral and maybe realer than that in The Breakfast Club. But TBC goes into deeper exploration of characters than this.


Up the Down Staircase has the teacher focus on 4-5 students individually and touches the surface of their problems. Imagine it as a pure and goody-good teacher being afraid to look too deep for fear of being sucked in to their problems. It ends up as like most cases in real life - nothing really memorable happens, in the end, because neither party went far enough in their interaction.

Edited by Waker, 12 October 2014 - 10:39 PM.


"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."
— Mark Twain


“I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!”
— General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord