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To Sir, With Love (1967)

Sidney Poitier , Judy Geeson , James Clavell  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall, Ann Bell
  • Directors: James Clavell
  • Writers: James Clavell, E.R. Braithwaite
  • Producers: James Clavell, John R. Sloan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003L9C1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "To Sir, With Love" on IMDb

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A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. When offered an engineering job, Thackeray must decide if he wants to stay.

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Poitier's best March 18, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Sidney Poitier has the role of a new teacher in one of Britain's secondary schools. He is given a class of students who, with maybe one or two exceptions, have reached the end of the academic road and will be leaving school at the end of term. They have no academic future and their future outside of school is not to promising. Bike messengers and shop assistants if they're lucky is what awaits these 15 year olds. (Leaving age in the mid-60s was 15.) The kids can care less about school and are just watching the days roll down until they don't have to attend anymore.
Poitier's charecter quickly realizes that the best thing he can do is get these kids ready for the real world. He junks the syllabus and creates his own plan for these people to meet life with something like survival skills. Instead of maths, science and english, he teaches the world of cooking, politeness and proper grooming. These latter skills will help these kids far more than being able to diagram a sentence.
I first saw this film when it first came out. I think I had a better appreication of it, as an American, becuase I had jsut returned from living in the UK and attending a secondary school, which while not like North Quay, did introduce me to some of the characters portrayed. Guys I knew were facing school leaving with prospects of working as a green grocer's assistant or a boy soldier or seaman in the Forces. So on an intellectual level, I certainly understood what Poitier's character faced. These weren't juvenile delinquents but a real segment of British society that probably still exists today.
This film has just as much validity today as it did when it was first released. The cast is excellent from Poitier down to the kid with no lines but filling a desk. I found this to be a fine film at the time I first saw it and today when I saw it again after a period of several years between viewings. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys British films.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawlessly wonderful July 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is my all-time favorite movie. The story is of a Black engineer, born in British Guyana and educated in California, who takes a job teaching at a high school in a depressed area of London. He has no teaching experience, and so develops his teaching style from his own experience. Gradually the relationship between the teacher (Poitier) and his students evolves from suspicion, to respect, to love. There is the obligatory romantic attraction between Poitier and one of his students, Judy Geeson. (Geeson, who plays this part with endearing and convincing sweetness, grew up to become the supercilious and insufferable across-the-hall neighbor from Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt in the TV sitcom "Mad About You").
Everything is perfect in this movie. If you can watch the very last scene without tears, then you are stronger than I. In retrospect, I think this movie was one of the influences which caused me to become a teacher, 17 years after I first saw it. I hope it has done the same for some others, and that it will continue to do so in the future. See it!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poitier Is Masterful February 21, 2001
Format:DVD
1967 was an incredible year for Sidney Poitier. He starred in three magnificent films, the Academy Award winning films, In The Heat Of the Night & Guess Who's Coming To Dinner and this superb movie. Mr. Poitier stars as Mark Thackery who is an engineer, but in need of a job accepts a teaching position at a tough West End school. His class is made up of unruly ruffians and at first they rebel against him. It becomes obvious to Thackery that these kids don't have an interest in learning normal academics and that none of them will pursue higher education so he decides to prepare them for live by giving them lessons on how to cope in the real world. He gives cooking lessons, make up lessons for the girls, takes them to museums and they develop a respect and love for each other. Judy Geeson is fabulous as Pamela Dare, a blond beauty who develops a crush on Thackery. Christian Roberts is Devin the leader of the group. He is a thug not use to rules and is constantly testing Thackery. Lulu is Babs Pegg and she does a credible acting job and supplies the film with its famous theme song. Michael Des Barres has a minor part as one of the students and he would go on to minor rock career and marry one of the most famous of all rock groupies Pamela Des Barres. Mr. Poitier is the glue that holds the film together and he is equally forceful and compassionate in his performance. To sir With Love is dated in some ways with regards to the fashions and slang language, but it's story is timeless
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, sentimental, wonderfully done June 4, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Somehow I just missed this one when it came out during my youth. I recently caught it on Satellite and immediately ordered the DVD. This is a wonderful, powerful film featuring a fabulous performance by Sidney Portier. I have caught Portier in a few other films, and he was excellent in all of them, but his performance in this film is quite simply magnificent. His class, intense intelligence, and talent all shine through in this moving story of a teacher who touches a classroom full of lower-class Brits and leaves them the better for it.

The storyline is well-known, so I shan't dwell on it in this review. Who among us has not had the good fortune of encountering, in our young years, a particularly gifted teacher who perhaps sets us on the right course despite ourselves? That is what this story is about. Portier (playing Mr. Thackary, to be addressed as "Sir!") is assigned to teach a tough classroom of young working class Brits, who are about to graduate and enter the workforce. The pupils are poorly educated and thuggish. Thackary quickly realizes that their real problem is that they lack a moral and social compass, or any appreciation of the value of an education. He confronts the class, and inspires most of them to steer a more proper course in life. This is a fine story of teenage angst, growing up, and the important role that a gifted teacher can play in a young life. An underlying and inspiring theme, of course, is the fact that Portier plays a black man immersed in a nearly completely white school at a time when Western society had a long way to go as regards racial equality. He encounters prejudice, but transcends it by his talent, intelligence, and force of personality. Eventually the class comes to fully appreciate the extraordinary nature of their teacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Remember "Blackboard Jungle" (1955) with Glen Ford and Sidney Poitier? From a novel by Evan Hunter, it was about an inner-city school teacher that had to deal with resistance from... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic piece about changing lives
Classic Sidney Poitier; always loved this movie about reaching troubled youth and changing them at how to make it in life. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Steven J. Brenner
5.0 out of 5 stars To Sir with Love
This is easily one of my favorite movies of all times. Sidney Poitier is a great actor. I loved it.
Published 11 days ago by Frances Drummond
5.0 out of 5 stars Top grade film, good acting, Poitier is great cast is great watch it.
When I first saw this I came out of the Theater thinking what a wonderful picture. I only went as my girl wanted to see it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Who cares
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a timeless movie that shows events that are still emulated today in world and shows that we must get back into the work of freeing our minds so we can free ourselves.
Published 1 month ago by Alexander C. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars To Sir With Love
A very good story of a teacher consumed in this profession. I can only wish that all of our teachers have a great interest in their students as well.
Published 1 month ago by Edmund Stepnowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is one of the few movies I can watch over and over. It was one of the first I saw where a West Indian person was portrayed on screen which was a big deal for me as a Jamaican... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful film that spawned a wave of imitators
I normally don't watch this type of movie -- my tastes in movies normally run toward science fiction, animated films, and/or the comedies of the '80s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenya Starflight
5.0 out of 5 stars to sir with love dvd
love the movie. One of my favorites. CAME ON TIME AND IT WAS A GOOD PRICE . i love the songs in the movie
Published 1 month ago by JOYCE
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love love this movie. The acting and meaning to the movie is so well done ! Sydney Poitier is the best actor ever!
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