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To Sir, with Love (1967)

Unrated  |   |  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 ...
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Ann Bell ...
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Geoffrey Bayldon ...
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Faith Brook ...
Grace Evans
Clinty Clintridge
Chris Chittell ...
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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 <>

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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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The first movie role for Patricia Routledge. See more »


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


Pamela Dare: [reading from her school book] And he had learned to love, I know not why, for this in such as him seemed strange of mood. But thus it was and though in solitude's small part the nipped affections have to grow, in him this glowed when all beside had ceased to glow.
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In the end credits, Michael Des Barres name is misspelled as "Micheal." See more »


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To Sir, With Love
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Mark London (as Marc London)
Performed by Lulu (uncredited)
Arranged and Conducted by Mike Leander (uncredited)
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"But how can you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume..."
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is about many things – teen angst, race relations, and poverty. But what it's *really* about is teased hair, heavy eyeliner and miniskirts. And the title song, of course. Who could ever forget the gushing sentimentality of Lulu warbling about crayons and perfume? It is a charmer of a movie with life breathed into it by a fresh cast of young Brits. Released at a time when the world was captivated by all things British, it was relatively daring at the time it was made. A low-budget film that raked it in at the box office, Poitier, as in *Lilies of the Field*, wisely accepted a low salary in exchange for a share of the profits. But the biggest profit of all is his portrayal of the East End school teacher, Mark Thackery, who quickly learns that his students need a different kind of education than that of a textbook. It has been, unfairly or not, relentlessly compared to *The Blackboard Jungle*, and it is a blood-relation to *Up the Down Staircase* and *Dangerous Minds*. But none of them have the sweetness of Judy Geeson, as Thackery's irrepressible student Pamela Dare. At the end of the movie, when Thackery and Dare dance together, racial, social and philosophical barriers are smashed, and hope springs eternal.

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