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Director:
Writers:
E.R. Braithwaite (novel)
James Clavell (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
14 June 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Underrated Poitier Vehicle See more (96 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
105 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The first movie role for Michael Des Barres.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of the camera on Thackeray as he approaches the students at the funeral.See more »
Quotes:
Gillian Blanchard:[talking to Mark about Pamela Dare on the bus] Make no mistake about Pamela... she's a woman in every sense of the word.See more »
Soundtrack:
Off And RunningSee more »

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What subject(s) was Thackeray teaching?
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41 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
An Underrated Poitier Vehicle, 17 October 1999
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

Recorded on a budget of just $640,000, To Sir, With Love was drafted, as with Lilies of the Field, to give Sidney a share of the gross profits to account for his diminished fee. Writer-director Clavell also received the same arrangement, a writer who was chosen for his love of the source material. The rights to the source, an identically-named novel by E. R. Braithwaite, had passed from studio to studio, and been offered to numerous stars before finally getting the green light when in the hands of Columbia President Mike Frankovich.

Poitier noted in his autobiography the similarities in terms of racial issues between America and England. Filmed in London, the picture featured a number of minorities, many of whom, he observed, would be unable to find work outside of the confines of the movie. However, for his time spent with the cast, he was delighted with their company. Sidney played Mark Thackeray, one of his most famous characters, an engineer taking a teaching post as a stopgap between jobs. Eventually the relationship he develops with the students causes him to question his loyalty to the profession.

To Sir, With Love is often frowned upon nowadays due to its sentimentality. While not wholly condemned as a film, it is certainly regarded as the poor relation of Poitier's three 1967 works. This is an unfair assessment of a movie that commits the only crime of having its heart on its sleeve. And, though the late sixties would see an increase in the political situation, To Sir, With Love was the only one of the three Poitier vehicles that year that did not rely upon his colour for its subtext. Instead, a few bigoted remarks were inserted, largely from a fellow teacher (Geoffrey Bayldon as Mr. Weston) than the pupils. Compared to his other overshadowing works that year, direction paled, too, the camera-work at times almost static. However, the scope for Poitier as an actor was broader than in the other '67 roles, and certainly broader than in the 1996 TV sequel. Where there the plot would be propelled largely by one pupil, here multiple characters would be guided through numerous situations over an entire term period. Over the course of the lengthy film the viewer can feel as though they have experienced the timescale too. And who would argue that the sheer amount of silly moves Sidney and Judy Geeson perform in the final ball didn't directly influence Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction?

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