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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
Christopher Chittell ... Potter
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Sir, with Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$640,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title song was relegated to a B-side in the UK, where the A-side "The Boat That I Row" went to #7 for Lulu. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning on the bus, the lady chatting in the seats in front of Sidney Poitier starts off with eyeliner on and then in another shot she's not wearing any. See more »

Quotes

Mark Thackeray: If you apologize because you are afraid, then you're a child, not a man.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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Soundtracks

To Sir, With Love
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Mark London (as Marc London)
Performed by Lulu (uncredited)
Arranged and Conducted by Mike Leander (uncredited)
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What a wonderful, simple screenplay can do
16 August 2000 | by wwwollSee all my reviews

This film stands as one of my all time favorites. What I love about it is its simplicity. I just gets my heart. I can't tell you how great a feeling it is to enjoy a great screenplay, devoid of ridiculous 90's special effects. There's no Bruce Willis with an oversized machine gun improbably hosing down 37 ninjas. It's a story from the heart brought to the screen crisply and cleanly. The cinematography is that fantastic semi-gritty 60's style, coupled with an amazing amount of deep-focus shots a la Citizen Kane (watch for them!). Make no mistake about it, this is not at all shot like a made for TV movie, the shooting is fresh and the editing subtly evocative. In short, it's not canned Hollywood garbage.

Regrettably, there seems to be a shortage of this type of film, and I dare say that kids today are probably unfamiliar and unable to appreciate this type of product. Why do I think this? Maybe those kids are raised with the non-stop accompaniment of digital effects in every commercial and tv shows and would frankly not have the patience or introspection necessary to enjoy the film. Maybe they see it strictly as a 1967 period piece, which it isn't, because they lack a real understanding of how fine stories and emotions can be told in any time period. Anyhow, what a great movie.


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