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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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 <>

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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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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?


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 »


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


Denham: [to Pamela Dare] I know what's bothering you! You fancy him!
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Crazy Credits

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


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Off And Running
Lyrics by Toni Wine
Music by Carole Bayer Sager (as Carole Bayer)
Performed by The Mindbenders (uncredited)
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This may be the ultimate movie about a teacher.
13 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

As one of the movies (along with "In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner") that made 1967 Sidney Poitier's annus mirabilis, "To Sir, with Love" shows a man forced to take charge in a less-than-pleasant situation. Poitier plays Mark Thackeray, a Guyanese engineer hired to teach in a high school in a rough London neighborhood. The students not only have little interest in school, but are not quite ready to be taught by a black man. Mark is forced to show the students that he will not tolerate insubordination.

Poitier did great in this role, with good support from the rest of the cast (including Lulu, who sang the theme song). It affirms his status as one of the greatest actors in movie history. And also, I hope that nobody tries to compare this with "Dangerous Minds"; the latter was in my opinion an insult. "To Sir, with Love" was a masterpiece.

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