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  • PG
  • Drama, Teen
  • 1967
  • 105 mins

To Sir, with Love

To Sir, with Love


Sidney Poitier stars in this seminal, sentimental tale of an inspirational teacher in an inner city school.


Poitier gets a job in a failing school in inner-city London, and sets about scrapping the prescribed curriculum for his own brand of 'survival training'. The class includes Geeson - whose passion makes it to the title; Chirs Chittell, a yobbo just gagging to be reformed by Poitier's hard love; Roberts, the cocky classroom leader; and Lulu. Yes, Lulu - 30 years before she washed up on the TV lottery show, considered a serious contender. The film has gone in and out of fashion, but it's old enough now to return to it with a clear eye, and see the strength beneath the kooky sentimentality.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Christian Roberts, Lulu, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall, Sidney Poitier, Faith Brook
  • Director: James Clavell
  • Writer: James Clavell
  • Producer: James Clavell
  • Photographer: Paul Beeson

In a nutshell

Sentimental and unrealistic it may be but undeniably influential, and still worth a watch if only to see Lulu and Poitier in their heyday.

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