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To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 June 1967 (USA)
Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director:

James Clavell

Writers:

E.R. Braithwaite (novel), James Clavell (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Rita Webb ... Mrs. Joseph
Fiona Duncan Fiona Duncan ... Euphemia Phillips
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Mr. Clark
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Josie Dawes
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Storyline

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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

He teaches London's turned-on teens to cool it and call him "Sir"! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al maestro con cariño See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$640,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$42,432,803
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lulu performed the title song, which went straight to number one in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mark Thackeray: Next, we are going to talk about various...
[Mr. Florian, the school principal, steps inside the classroom to check up on Thackeray]
Florian: Good morning.
Mark Thackeray: Good morning.
Florian: I just wanted to see how you were getting it on.
Mark Thackeray: Fine, thank you, sir.
Florian: Good. Well, thank you.
[Mr. Florian leaves; the students all chuckle. Thackeray throws away a piece of rope, then removes a student's sunglasses from his face. Palmer, a student, raises his hand]
Mark Thackeray: Palmer?
Palmer: What are we going to talk about, sir?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Michael Des Barres name is misspelled as "Micheal." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dear John: To John with Love (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Stealing My Love From Me
Lyrics & Music by Mark London (as Marc London)
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"But how can you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume..."
31 January 2005 | by style-2See all my reviews

This movie is about many things – teen angst, race relations, and poverty. But what it's *really* about is teased hair, heavy eyeliner and miniskirts. And the title song, of course. Who could ever forget the gushing sentimentality of Lulu warbling about crayons and perfume? It is a charmer of a movie with life breathed into it by a fresh cast of young Brits. Released at a time when the world was captivated by all things British, it was relatively daring at the time it was made. A low-budget film that raked it in at the box office, Poitier, as in *Lilies of the Field*, wisely accepted a low salary in exchange for a share of the profits. But the biggest profit of all is his portrayal of the East End school teacher, Mark Thackery, who quickly learns that his students need a different kind of education than that of a textbook. It has been, unfairly or not, relentlessly compared to *The Blackboard Jungle*, and it is a blood-relation to *Up the Down Staircase* and *Dangerous Minds*. But none of them have the sweetness of Judy Geeson, as Thackery's irrepressible student Pamela Dare. At the end of the movie, when Thackery and Dare dance together, racial, social and philosophical barriers are smashed, and hope springs eternal.


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