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Writers:
E.R. Braithwaite (novel)
James Clavell (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
14 June 1967 (USA) See more »
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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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Heart-warming classroom drama with a great sound-track. See more (94 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)
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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)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The band at the dance, The Mindbenders, were the original backing band for Wayne Fontana. Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders had a hit with "Game of Love" while the Mindbenders had a hit with "Groovy Kind of Love". Eric Stewart from the Mindbenders went onto greater success as part of 10CC.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Top middle, just before Thackeray storms out in anger.See more »
Quotes:
Barbara Pegg:Who does he think he is there? Cheeky devil.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Off And RunningSee more »

FAQ

What were all those letters that Thackeray kept dropping in the post box?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Heart-warming classroom drama with a great sound-track., 18 September 2002
Author: CHRISTOPHER HEATH from United Kingdom

Novice teacher, Mark Thackeray, arrives at a secondary school in a depressed area of London's East End and transforms a class of jeuvenile delinquents into a group of responsible, mature and caring young people, confounding his critics amongst the jaundiced teaching staff.

From the very beginning, members of the class try to bait him into losing his temper so that he'll quit. Their previous teacher committed suicide, we are told. Gradually, he gains their trust and helps them overcome their personal struggles, thus winning their respect and friendship.

Its a slice of sixties social idealism that may appear dated and oversentimental to some, but it loses none of its sincerity or good intentions. The book by E.R. Braithwaite was based on his own real life experiences in the 1950's. Once again, James Clavell displays his winning touch with the screenplay and direction. The role of Thackeray had strong appeal to Sidney Poitiers for its portrayal of African-American characters as responsible role-models, a theme common to many of his films. There is a notable screen debut for Judy Geeson who went onto become one of the most fashionable jeuvenile actresses of the late 1960's. With a schoolgirl crush, she competes with beautiful teacher Suzy Kendall for the attentions of Thackeray.

The films sound-track provides good material for another debutante, Lulu, who sings the main title. It went onto become the top-selling record in the U.S. for 1967, but inexplicably, was never released in the U.K. as a single. The lyrics are provided by the highly talented Don Black who had also written the themes to 'Born Free' and 'The Italian Job' as well as collaborating with John Barry on three of the James Bond Films of that period. The backing group are The Mindbenders who provide the school band sound. They had a U.K. No.2 in the charts at the time with 'A Groovy Kind of Love' and in collaboration with Wayne Fontana, a U.S. No.1 with 'Game of Love' the previous year.

The recently released DVD provides a good quality print of this thoroughly enjoyable film and is well worth viewing. I give it ten out of ten.

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