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
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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 »
[reading from her school book]
And he had learned to love, I know not why, for this in such as him seemed strange of mood. But thus it was and though in solitude's small part the nipped affections have to grow, in him this glowed when all beside had ceased to glow.
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In the end credits, Michael Des Barres name is misspelled as "Micheal." See more »
Wonderful movie but suffers from the "West Side Story Syndrome"
I finally got around to seeing "To Sir With Love" and thoroughly enjoyed it. "To Sir With Love" has been greatly affected by what I call the "West Side Story Syndrome", wherein the kids who used to be shocking and menacing are now quaint. It completely changes the emotional impact of the movie. "West Side Story" greatly benefited from the syndrome but "To Sir With Love" mostly suffers from it.
When I watched "To Sir With Love," I had to keep telling myself, "Oh yeah, these are scary kids." So, when they transform from lowlifes into budding, lovable adults, the emotional impact just wasn't there.
Also lost is the shocking audaciousness of a black man dancing with a white girl. Kudos to James Clavell for daring to do that scene in 1967. It's something even modern directors shy away from.
The lead song by "Lulu" is absolutely terrific except that the movie WAY overplays it. Once at the beginning and once during the dance scene would have been enough. I hope I don't sound too critical since it really is a good move.
Sidney Poitier is in top form and sexy in a way that disappeared soon after 1967. It is also interesting to note that Poetier looks like a real black guy... not the "chocolate with white features" look that later became so popular.
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