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To Sir, with Love -- A novice high school teacher (Sidney Poitier) transforms an unruly senior class into respectable young adults in this "well-acted, excellent film" (Leonard Maltin). "Sidney Poitier is superb" (New York Daily News)


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E.R. Braithwaite (novel)
James Clavell (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
14 June 1967 (USA) See more »
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 »
Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Touching film; anchored by Poitier's flawless performance See more (104 total) »


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Sidney Poitier ... Mark Thackeray

Christian Roberts ... Denham

Judy Geeson ... Pamela Dare

Suzy Kendall ... Gillian Blanchard
Ann Bell ... Mrs. Dare
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Theo Weston
Faith Brook ... Grace Evans

Patricia Routledge ... 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
Marianne Stone ... Gert
Dervis Ward ... Mr. Bell (P.T. Teacher)
Peter Atard ... Ingham (as Peter Attard)
Sally James (as Sally Cann)
Grahame Charles ... Fernman

Michael Des Barres ... Williams (also as Micheal Des Barres)
Margaret Heald
Ellison Kemp
Albert Lampert
Chitra Neogy
Elna Pearl
Bonnie Lythgoe (as Bonita Shawe)
Anthony Villaroel ... Seales
Richard Willson ... Curly
Stewart Bevan
Carla Challoner
Joseph Cuby
Sally Gosselin
Kevin Hubbard
Howard Knight
Lynne Sue Moon ... Miss Wong
Jayne Peach ... Jeanie Clarke (as Jane Peach)
Gareth Robinson ... Tich Jackson
Roger Shepherd ... 'Fats' Buckley
Stephen Whittaker
Ric Rothwell ... Band member (drums, vocals) (as 'The Mindbenders')
Bob Lang ... Band member (bassist) (as 'The Mindbenders')
Eric Stewart ... Band member - guitar & vocals (as 'The Mindbenders')

Lulu ... Barbara 'Babs' Pegg (as 'Lulu')
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cyril Shaps ... Mr. Pinkus (uncredited)
Donna Shawe ... Miss (uncredited)

Directed by
James Clavell 
Writing credits
E.R. Braithwaite (novel)

James Clavell (written for the screen by)

Produced by
James Clavell .... producer
John R. Sloan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ron Grainer 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Thornton 
Art Direction by
Tony Woollard 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
Production Management
Basil Rayburn .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Art Department
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
Sound Department
Dino Di Campo .... sound editor
Ted Karnon .... sound recordist
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Casting Department
Harvey Woods .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor (as John Wilson Apperson)
Editorial Department
David Campling .... assistant editor
George White .... montage
Michael R. Sloan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Martell .... conductor
Other crew
Yvonne Richards .... continuity
Laurie Ridley .... montage stills
Dennis C. Stone .... montage stills

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Filming was completed on May 31, 1966.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Despite the story covering many weeks, the kids supposedly wear exactly the same thing every single day.See more »
Mark Thackeray:I believe one should fight for what one believes. Provided one is absolutely sure one is absolutely right.See more »
Movie Connections:
It's Getting Harder All The TimeSee more »


Is "To Sir, with Love" based on a book?
What were the Cockney rhyming slang that the students introduced to Thackeray?
What was burning in the classroom fireplace and why did the students burn it?
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Touching film; anchored by Poitier's flawless performance, 30 April 2006
Author: robb_772 from United States

Sidney Poitier's exceptional lead performance anchors this touching film about that special person who changes your life. As the first time teacher to a group of undisciplined British youth, Poitier is in virtually every frame of this picture. It is a role that calls for a high degree of character development, and Poitier meets and expands the challenge by totally inhabiting the character he is playing. I honestly cannot think of any way his performance could be better, and this is a huge compliment for any actor - even one of Mr. Poitier's immense talents.

While not in the same league, the young cast of then-unknowns also perform quite well. Particularly effective of the young cast members is fresh-faced Judy Geeson, who brings unexpected depth to the stereotypical role of the young schoolgirl love-struck over Mr. Poitier (who could blame her). Director/writer/producer James Clavell avoids over-sentimentalization by inject his well-written script with a healthy dose of realism. The film may not be particularly striking, in the visual sense, but Clavell is a perfectly competent film maker, and his love of the material is evident throughout the entire picture.

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