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Release Date:
28 December 1970 (Japan) See more »
You've Got 3000 Black Kids, 60 White Kids, And A War Going On. See more »
An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Calvin Lockhart ... Quincy Davis

Janet MacLachlan ... Lorraine Nash

Jeff Bridges ... Doug

James A. Watson Jr. ... J.T. Watson

Otis Day ... Lerone Johnson (as Dewayne Jessie)

Edward Asner ... Ernie McKay
John McLiam ... Boyd Wilkerson

Rob Reiner ... Leaky Couloris
Patricia Stich ... Sherry Vaughn
Gary Tigerman ... Buchavitch
Paris Earl ... Carter (as Paris Earle)
Ta-Tanisha ... Claudine

Helen Kleeb ... Rita Monahan

Barry Brown ... Winger
Christopher Joy ... Junebug (as Christipher Joy)
Kim Manners ... Aislan

Hilly Hicks ... Amory

Randy Brooks ... Sabin (as Randy Fredericks)
Cal Wilson ... Baxter

Roy Jenson ... Harry Greco
Lou Frizzell ... Phil Stuart
Peggy Toy ... Mae
Richard Levin ... Perkins (credit only)
Alex Clarke ... Dupres (as W. Alex Clarke II)
Gilbert Green ... Mr. Cargyll

Davis Roberts ... Mr. Willis
Martin Blaine ... Mr. Thornbush
Luther Whitsitt ... Ivan Fowler

Chris Graham ... Carl (as Christopher Graham)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mwako Cumbuka ... Student (uncredited)
Arline Hamlin ... (uncredited)
Maye Henderson ... Mrs. Taylor (uncredited)

Harry Holcombe ... Mr. Margolin - West Hills High School Principal (uncredited)

Henry Kingi ... Mugger Under Bleachers (uncredited)
Andrew Mirisch ... Student (uncredited)

David Sheiner ... Mr. Perkins (uncredited)
Linda Smith ... (uncredited)
Florence St. Peter ... Miss Rowland (uncredited)
Linda Thomas ... (uncredited)

Michael Warren ... Referee (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Bogart 
Writing credits
John Herman Shaner (written by) (as John Shaner) and
Al Ramrus (written by)

Produced by
Herbert Hirschman .... producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bud Molin 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)
Elizabeth Searcy .... hairdresser
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager (as Nate Edwards)
Edward Morey Jr. .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Vallejo .... first assistant director
Art Department
Howard Hester .... construction coordinator
Joe LaBella .... property master (as Joe La Bella)
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
Don Rush .... sound
Frank E. Warner .... sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Ernest Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Peaches Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernest Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Arrico .... costumer: men
Neva Rames .... costumer: ladies (as Geneva Rames)
Editorial Department
Irving Rosenblum .... assistant editor (as Irving C. Rosenblum)
Location Management
Bill Gallant .... location manager
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Other crew
Brenda Heidt .... dialogue coach
Mike Warren .... technical advisor
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)

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Also Known As:
"A düh folyosói" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Muralhas de Ódio" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Odio en las aulas" - Spain
"Siyah ögretmen" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Sta synora tou misous" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
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Rated R for an assault involving nudity
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Non-PC gritty race classic, 16 August 2006

Having seen this years ago on late-night TV, I have sought this one out for many years. I finally came across the uncut theatrical version, and "Halls of Anger" definitely stands up as a strong picture with a harsh look at race relations.

Calvin Lockhart, a black ex-basketball star now a teacher, teaches in a "good" school who is offered a job as Vice Principal in a bad "black school" full of violence, and because whites are to be bussed in there, with the hope that he can stop any trouble before it starts. The kids love him, but he is soon faced with the dilemma of being called an "Uncle Tom" because he sides with the whites sometimes, if they are in the right. but he is protective of the blacks, especially from the "man" being any school administration.

Jeff Bridges stars as the main white kid, and he is just fantastic. Rob Reiner is a secondary character, but it is very odd seeing "meathead" use the word "nigger" and being against the blacks, as opposed to his very liberal character on "All In The Family" that we all know him by. The blacks throughout the film as shown as the troublemakers; they simply will not accept white kids in their school, and constantly give the whites a very hard time. When the white girl gets off the school bus, one black guy says he wants to "lick vanilla ice cream" and she hasn't even stepped in the school for the first time yet. One black kid in particular, "J.T.," leads the school in the revolt against the whites. he seems to be the only intelligent black kid in the school - the rest seemingly cannot read or understand simply words unless they are "black" in usage. This portrayal of blacks would definitely not fly with today's audiences.

There are some troubling scenes in the movie, mainly showing the black's racism, and in the last amazing twenty minutes, there is a particularly brutal scene in the girl's locker room that was severely cut for television. This scene seems to stand on its own as there is no mention or repercussion of it anywhere else in the film.

"Halls of Anger" is definitely worth a viewing especially if you can get a hold of the uncut version. The music and atmosphere take you right back to some very troubling times.

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