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To Sir, with Love (1967)

 -  Drama  -  14 June 1967 (USA)
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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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Suzy Kendall ...
Gillian Blanchard
Ann Bell ...
Mrs. Dare
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Theo Weston
Faith Brook ...
Grace Evans
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Clinty Clintridge
Chris Chittell ...
Potter (as Christopher Chittell)
Adrienne Posta ...
Moira Joseph
Edward Burnham ...
Florian
Rita Webb ...
Mrs. Joseph
Fiona Duncan ...
Euphemia Phillips
Fred Griffiths ...
Mr. Clark
Mona Bruce ...
Josie Dawes
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Storyline

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 tough as the kids from London's East End! [UK Theatrical] See more »

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14 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al maestro con cariño  »

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Budget:

$640,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film did so unexpectedly well in America that Columbia Pictures did market research to find out why so many people had gone to it. Their answer: Sidney Poitier. See more »

Goofs

During the dance between Thackeray and Pamela, when The Mindbenders abruptly switch from a slow song (opening bars of "Off And Running") to a fast one ("It's Getting Harder All The Time") we hear the students cheering, but the shot at that moment is of the whole class, and no one is cheering. See more »

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Pamela Dare: Do you two...
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In the end credits, Michael Des Barres name is misspelled as "Micheal." See more »

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Stealing My Love From Me
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Touching film; anchored by Poitier's flawless performance
30 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier's exceptional lead performance anchors this touching film about that special person who changes your life. As the first time teacher to a group of undisciplined British youth, Poitier is in virtually every frame of this picture. It is a role that calls for a high degree of character development, and Poitier meets and expands the challenge by totally inhabiting the character he is playing. I honestly cannot think of any way his performance could be better, and this is a huge compliment for any actor - even one of Mr. Poitier's immense talents.

While not in the same league, the young cast of then-unknowns also perform quite well. Particularly effective of the young cast members is fresh-faced Judy Geeson, who brings unexpected depth to the stereotypical role of the young schoolgirl love-struck over Mr. Poitier (who could blame her). Director/writer/producer James Clavell avoids over-sentimentalization by inject his well-written script with a healthy dose of realism. The film may not be particularly striking, in the visual sense, but Clavell is a perfectly competent film maker, and his love of the material is evident throughout the entire picture.


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