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To Sir, With Love (14-Jun-1967)

Director: James Clavell

Writer: James Clavell

From novel: To Sir, with Love by E. R. Braithwaite

Music by: Ron Grainer

Producer: James Clavell

Keywords: Drama, Teachers, Mathematics

Mark Thackeray, British engineer from Guyana, is a first-time teacher instructing a class of white, tough near-delinquents in London's East End. Thackeray believes if he treats his defiant charges as adults and with respect, they will respond in kind. Sentimental and completely non-cynical, yet unforgettable drama. Ron Grainer's musical score received a Grammy nomination.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Michael Des Barres
24-Jan-1948   Murdoc on MacGyver
Judy Geeson
10-Sep-1948   Maggie Conway in Mad About You
3-Nov-1948   British singer of the 1960s and 70s
Sidney Poitier
20-Feb-1927   In The Heat Of The Night
Patricia Routledge
17-Feb-1929   Hetty Wainthropp
Eric Stewart
20-Jan-1945   Former 10cc frontman


Sidney Poitier   ...   Mark Thackeray
Christian Roberts   ...   Denham
Judy Geeson   ...   Pamela Dare
Suzy Kendall   ...   Gillian Blanchard
Ann Bell   ...   Mrs. Dare
Geoffrey Bayldon   ...   Weston
Faith Brook   ...   Mrs. Evans
Patricia Routledge   ...   Clinty
Christopher Chittell   ...   Potter
Adrienne Posta   ...   Moira Jackson
Edward Burnham   ...   Florian
Rita Webb   ...   Mrs. Joseph
Fiona Duncan   ...   Miss Phillips
Fred Griffiths   ...   Vendor
Mona Bruce   ...   Josie Dawes
Marianne Stone   ...   Gert
Dervis Ward   ...   Mr. Bell
Peter Atard   ...   Ingham
Sally Cann   ...  
Grahame Charles   ...   Fernman
Michael Des Barres   ...   Williams
Margaret Heald   ...  
Ellison Kemp   ...  
Albert Lampert   ...  
Chitra Neogy   ...  
Una Pearl   ...  
Bonita Shawe   ...  
Anthony Villaroel   ...   Seales
Richard Willson   ...  
Stewart Bevan   ...  
Carla Challoner   ...  
Joseph Cuby   ...  
Sally Gosselin   ...  
Kevin Hubbard   ...  
Howard Knight   ...  
Lynne Sue Moon   ...  
Jane Peach   ...  
Gareth Robinson   ...   Tich
Roger Shepherd   ...   Buckley
Stephen Whittaker   ...  
The Mindbenders   ...   Band
Lulu   ...   Barbara Pegg


Review by Richard Conner (posted on 21-Aug-2007)

An extraordinary film. One of Sidney Poitier's best. Brings a sultry teen played by Judy Geeson into the public eye, and showcases excellent music, including the show's theme, sung by Lulu, who also acts in the film. Introduced as a new teacher into a rough workingclass English neighborhood, Poitier struggles with students who have little initial interest in learning or deportment, but whom he gradually introduces to manners, goals, and ultimate accomplishments. Ultimately he achieves their respect and he takes pride in their transformation, deciding to stay on for additional terms at the school. The film is well cast and the plot well drawn and believable. It will engross and please most viewers, and will appeal to those of all ages.

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