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Release Date: February 16th, 2009

DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2007

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary
On her first day at Calvin Coolidge High, fledgling teacher Sylvia Barrett (Sandy Dennis) encounters an apathetic faculty, a delinquent student body and an administration that drowns its staff in paperwork. The following days go from bad to worse as Sylvia struggles to reach her most troubled students, bright underachiever Joe and sensitive Alice. When Alice's crush on a male teacher (Patrick Bedford) leads her to attempt suicide, Sylvia questions her ability to help the disadvantaged teens.

Cast: Sandy Dennis, Patrick Bedford, Eileen Heckart, Ruth White, Jean Stapleton, Sorrell Booke, Roy Poole, Ellen O'Mara

Director: Robert Mulligan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Park Place Production

Keywords: Growing up, New York City, Gritty, Inspiring, 1960s, Underdog, Quest