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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 ...
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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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)  »

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Al maestro con cariño  »

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$640,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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When the students tell him he's like them, art imitates life. Sir Sidney was sent to the United States to live with his brother at age 15 (the age of the students) as he was getting into too much trouble at home in Nassau. Sir Sidney also knew what it was like to be young, poor, uneducated, and unemployed, after being in trouble at school. At 16, he headed for New York City and even took to sleeping in the bus terminal while homeless. See more »

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When another student throws a can at Pamela, she is facing Thackery and defends against the object with her right hand. When Thackery catches the can a split second later, Pam now has her back to Thackery, defends with her left hand, and has to turn completely around to respond to him. See more »

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Pamela Dare: Sir, would you dance with me tonight?
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Pamela Dare: We'll make it something special, promise?
Mark Thackeray: Promise.
Pamela Dare: Sir, would you call me Pamela tonight?
Mark Thackeray: Yes... Pamela.
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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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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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