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To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | | 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

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Mrs. Dare
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Grace Evans
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Clinty Clintridge
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Potter (as Christopher Chittell)
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Rita Webb ...
Mrs. Joseph
Fiona Duncan ...
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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al maestro con cariño  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$640,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$42,432,803
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by E.R. Braithwaite and his experiences teaching in a tough secondary school in a poor area of London, the films portrayal of Braithwaite's character may not have been entirely accurate. After the film was made some former pupils of Braithwaite's claimed that, in reality, he was a stern and tough disciplinarian who often used corporal punishment in class and was far from the sympathetic portrayal by Sidney Poitier. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic shadow visible at the top left of the screen (on the white arches) when Mark Thackeray is at home opening his post and receives the job offer. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Dare: Sir, would you dance with me tonight?
Mark Thackeray: Of course, but nothing too fast. I'm getting much too old for that sort of thing Miss Dare.
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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in In Plain Sight: To Serge with Love (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Off And Running
Lyrics by Toni Wine
Music by Carole Bayer Sager
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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