Halls of Anger

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Halls of Anger
Halls of anger poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Bogart
Produced by Herbert Hirschman
Walter Mirisch
Written by John Herman Shaner
Al Ramrus
Starring Calvin Lockhart
Janet MacLachlan
Jeff Bridges
Music by Dave Grusin
Cinematography Burnett Guffey
Edited by Bud Molin
Production
company
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • April 29, 1970 (1970-04-29) (United States)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.6 million[1]

Halls of Anger is a 1970 American drama directed by Paul Bogart. The drama features Calvin Lockhart, Janet MacLachlan, Jeff Bridges and James A. Watson Jr.[2]

Plot[edit]

A predominantly black high school is integrated by white students and trouble follows.

Cast[edit]

Background[edit]

The film was mostly filmed at Virgil Middle School in Los Angeles.[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Roger Greenspun, the film critic for The New York Times, gave the film a mixed review, and wrote, "The picture initially portends sensationalism, with the racial scales reversed and the well-behaved white youngsters harassed and tormented by the black students. What steadies the whole thing is the excellent performance of Calvin Lockhart, as a sane, realistic Negro teacher who more or less holds together the teeming school and the picture itself...But the picture's urgent plea for racial sanity in the classroom is almost methodically blunted by the use of standard-seeming types. The few faculty whites are oafs or hard-heads. There is the pretty Negro teacher, nicely played by Janet MacLachlan, who supports and comforts Lockhart. As the fieriest black student and the spunkiest white newcomer, James A. Watson Jr. and Jeff Bridges do well in characterizations that rate more exploration."[4]

Film critic Monica Sullivan praised the acting of Jeff Bridges, if not the film, "The young Bridges stands out in the cast, because his focus on his role is like a laser beam. He pours 100% of his energy into making his character believable and it is. The making of Halls Of Anger might be a more riveting experience than the film itself."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tino Balio, United Artists: The Company The Changed the Film Industry, Uni of Wisconsin Press, 1987 p 192
  2. ^ Halls of Anger at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ IMDb Locations on IMDb Database.
  4. ^ Greenspun, Roger. The New York Times, film review, April 30, 1970. m Last accessed: March 8, 2010.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Monica. Movie Magazine International, film review, October 16, 2002. Last accessed: March 8, 2010.

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