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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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Dated but still a good movie. See more (103 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?

Judy Gleeson is only eight years younger than the actress playing her mother.See more »
Continuity: Gillian's position in the final dance scene changes depending upon whether the shot is from behind her or looking across the dance floor at her.See more »
Pamela Dare:Do you two...
[wiggling her hips]
Pamela Dare:Do you two shake?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Motive: Dead End (#2.5)" (2014)See more »
Off And RunningSee more »


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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Dated but still a good movie., 20 November 2005
Author: Buskieboy from Brampton, Ontario, Canada

The first time I had watched TSWL, I was probably about 14, but not from the era the film is from. None the less, I found it fascinating, poignant, funny at times, and warm.

The funny thing is that while the clothes, music and styles may change, the feelings we have are common and do not change much over the years. Kids rebel, test and resist authority, and push the rules. We've all done it in some way or another. I smoked cigs, drank beer and had long hair. Others hung-out with the wrong crowd, drank beer or skipped class.

TSWL as is "The Blackboard Jungle" are dated today, but so are "Class of 1984" and "Stand and Deliver", but they all share the same premise, emotions and struggles. If a movie can convey them honestly, as does "To Sir, with Love", then it deserves recognition. I always like to watch TSWL, it does make you feel good in the long run. Even after all your disobedience at school, most of us grew up and realized the importance of what we had learned and were now sad to leave the memories, friends and teachers.

I think we also realize that we are also leaving a young version of us behind and it's sad to let that childlike version go. It's time to start growing up.

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