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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When the students tell him he's like them, art imitates life. Sir Sidney was sent to the United States to live with his brother at the age of fifteen (the age of the students) as he was getting into too much trouble at home in Nassau. Sir Sidney also knew what it was like to be young, poor, uneducated, and unemployed, after being in trouble at school. At sixteen, he headed for New York City and even took to sleeping in the bus terminal while homeless. See more »
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 »
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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