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To Sir, with Love (1967)

Unrated | | Drama | 14 June 1967 (USA)
Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Blanchard
Ann Bell ...
Mrs. Dare
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Theo Weston
Faith Brook ...
Grace Evans
Clinty Clintridge
Chris Chittell ...
Potter (as Christopher Chittell)
Adrienne Posta ...
Moira Joseph
Edward Burnham ...
Rita Webb ...
Mrs. Joseph
Fiona Duncan ...
Euphemia Phillips
Fred Griffiths ...
Mr. Clark
Mona Bruce ...
Josie Dawes


Engineer Mark Thackeray arrives to teach a totally undisciplined class at an East End school. Still hoping for a good engineering job, he's hopeful that he won't be there long. He starts implementing his own brand of classroom discipline: forcing the pupils to treat each other with respect. Inevitably he begins getting involved in the students' personal lives, and must avoid the advances of an amorous student while winning over the class tough. What will he decide when the engineering job comes through? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A story as fresh as the girls in their minis. . .and as cool as their teacher had to be! See more »




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Release Date:

14 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al maestro con cariño  »

Box Office


$640,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judy Gleeson is only eight years younger than the actress playing her mother. See more »


Despite the story covering many weeks, the kids supposedly wear exactly the same thing every single day. See more »


Pamela Dare: Do you two...
[wiggling her hips]
Pamela Dare: Do you two shake?
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Michael Des Barres name is misspelled as "Micheal." See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: To Courier with Love (2016) See more »


Off And Running
Lyrics by Toni Wine
Music by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by The Mindbenders (uncredited)
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12 September 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A new teacher arrives at a tough inner city school populated by teenage hooligans . Hardly a new concept for a movie is it ? , but TO SIR WITH LOVE is slightly different from the same type of film made in the 1980s and 90s , it`s set in swinging sixties London when Britannia really was cool , and the kids are " Cor blimey guvner " cockney kids who are not really bad , they`re just misunderstood and if you treat them as adults they`ll behave like adults . This is a totally naive , predictable film with an extremely progressive streak but that`s what I enjoyed about it as Mark Thackeray shows the kids what being an adult is all about . There`s not a cynical bone in this movie`s body , and it`s good to remember a time when a " really tough " school meant pupils talking in class and slamming doors

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