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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judy Geeson and Lulu were both reunited with Sidney Poitier in the TV sequel To Sir, with Love II (1996) directed by Peter Bogdanovich See more »


The band plays a song at the end with an audible tambourine, but there is no-one on stage with a tambourine. See more »


Mark Thackeray: Marriage is not for the weak, the selfish, the insecure.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Home Bound (2014) See more »


It's Getting Harder All The Time
Lyrics by Ben Raleigh
Music by Charles Albertine
Performed by The Mindbenders (uncredited)
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A Wonderful Film
10 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier is absolutely superb in this film about a novice teacher who prepares a class of uncouth youths for adulthood. There are too many wonderful scenes to catalogue in this commentary but among the highlights are: his reaction to the naughty chatter of the ladies on the bus, his coping with the young lady who has a crush on him, and his complicated relationship with the stiffnecked rebel of the class. There are so many positive messages imparted in this film and they come across without being heavy-handed. Highly recommended, 9/10.

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