To Sir, with Love


Action / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 15093


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February 24, 2015 at 05:37 AM



Sidney Poitier as Mark Thackeray
Patricia Routledge as Clinty Clintridge
Judy Geeson as Pamela Dare
Michael Des Barres as Williams
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806.72 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
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English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
P/S 8 / 21

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 7 / 10

Sidney's the teacher this time!

Twelve years earlier, Sidney Poitier played one of a classroom full of rowdy kids in a poor school taught by do-good-er Glenn Ford in Blackboard Jungle. In 1967, Sidney grew up and played the role of the noble teacher in To Sir, with Love. Well, to be honest, it's not exactly a remake of the 1955 film, but the premises are so similar, and the casting is pretty ironic. This marked one of Sidney's most iconic films and roles, partially because it was fun to see him in the reverse role, and partially because of the title song that skyrocketed to the top of the charts.

One major difference between the two films is the setting; To Sir, with Love takes place in England. Sidney deals with the rough students with their Cockney accents, but there's more social problems for him to deal with than violence, as was the case in Blackboard Jungle. There's a bit of a student-teacher romance for him to juggle, as well as a flirtatious rapport with a colleague, and audiences get to watch him dance the "in" dance moves of the 1960s. Besides the fun stuff, there are lots of great scenes about maturity and teaching life lessons as well as academics. It's a must-see for Sidney Poitier fans, as well as those who like classroom dramas.

Reviewed by frankwiener 9 / 10

Look Who's "Teach" Now

I loved this film from start to finish. From the very first scenes of Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) catching the LLU 829 bus, which passes through London on his first day as a teacher in a mostly white, working class school in the East End, to its very last scene, which I won't describe, it captured my interest unlike many other movies that I have seen lately. For me, this was one of Poitier's best films, and I am disappointed that he has never been appropriately acknowledged for his outstanding performance in it. Many of his more popular roles did not bring out the full range of his acting ability as this one did. A lively and thoughtful script by director James Clavell certainly helped Poitier in this achievement.

I first viewed this film when it was released in 1967, fifty long years ago and the year that I graduated from high school, an institution that was only a notch above the environment of North Quay. For me, this motion picture has actually improved in time, perhaps because I finally understand the words of the East Enders.

The use of the theme song "To Sir With Love" with all of its variations to match the mood of the moment was very successful. The montage sequence of still shots at the museum was also very effective, especially when one considers that the museum management refused to allow the crew from rolling their cameras inside. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade.

Two major instances of irony left a strong impact on me. The first was that of a highly educated black man teaching a predominantly white, underprivileged group of working class students in the inner city. The second was the sight of Sidney Poitier, who played one of those underprivileged students in a New York City high school twelve years earlier during "Blackboard Jungle", standing in front of a similar class as the teacher. In both movies, the teachers were faced with the same, difficult choice of leaving their troubled schools for careers elsewhere.

Although the subject of race arose with great restraint on several occasions during the movie, it did not bluntly expose itself until the moment when the mostly white students were asked to deliver flowers to the home of a bereaved non-white classmate. This was a moment of truth that was handled very well with a very moving and gratifying result.

Although several other reviewers don't agree with me, this is a film which has withstood the test of time. Thanks to the outstanding performance of "Sir" Sidney Poitier, an excellent script, a very capable, British supporting cast, and overall direction by James Clavell that kept me involved in the action from start to finish, this is a very appealing movie that must be seen.

Reviewed by George Wright 6 / 10

Poitier the star of this 1960's movie

To Sir with Love has one major asset and drawing card in the person of Sidney Poitier, acting icon of the 1960's. The way he walks into the classroom and uses his voice and mannerisms give him presence and authority. The movie did become known for the title song To Sir With Love. This movie and Up the Down Staircase were also movies of the 1960's when education reform aimed to make students the focus of a more stimulating learning environment. But without Sidney Poitier the movie would be long forgotten. Poitier takes a position as a teacher in the docklands of London, while applying to get work in his field of engineering. The work proves to be very unsettling because the challenge of teaching students who seem to have no manners or motivation is a huge hurtle. Only when he realizes that he needs to make a major change in his teaching style does he begin to win them over and make a difference. He asks them what they want to talk about; he gets permission to take his class to the Victoria and Albert Museum; he sets standards of dress and deportment that he says will give them more confidence. All this amounts to a major change in Poitier's students and in himself. The movie is still worth watching, mainly because of the leading character, as played by Sidney Poitier.

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