Sidney Poitier, who in 1955 played a student in a tough inner-city high school, portrays a teacher assigned to a similar institution in To Sir, With Love. Unable to find work as an engineer, Poitier accepts a teaching post in London's East End slums. To reach his sullen, rebellious students, Poitier throws away his textbooks and endeavors to reach ...
Sidney Poitier, who in 1955 played a student in a tough inner-city high school, portrays a teacher assigned to a similar institution in To Sir, With Love. Unable to find work as an engineer, Poitier accepts a teaching post in London's East End slums. To reach his sullen, rebellious students, Poitier throws away his textbooks and endeavors to reach them as human beings--and as the adults they're going to become. It's an uphill climb, but gradually the students are won over. They begin referring to Poitier as "Sir," not out of blind obedience but as a gesture of genuine affection. Not that there aren't obstacles to overcome: in addition to trying to get through to hardcase student Christian Roberts, Poitier must face down the resistance and hostility of his fellow teachers. The sweetly sentimental finale amply displays the vocal talents of Lulu, who trills the title song. Based on the novel by E. R. Brainwaite, To Sir, With Love was one of the biggest moneyspinners of 1967 (with this film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night, Sidney Poitier had quite a year). In 1996, a belated made-for-TV sequel was produced, briefly reuniting To Sir with Love co-stars Sidney Poiter, Lulu and Judy Geason, none of whom looked a day older. Hal Erickson, Rovi
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To Sir With Love is what cinema is all about.....movies like this should be made more often ...no need for special effects...just great characters , that,s all you need.
Apr 4, 2014
Classic and moving
My husband wanted to see this movie. I watched it again with him after seeing it the first time over 35 years ago. It is still as touching and powerful as it was then, and, of course, I saw issues in the movie that I had not seen then. I highly recommend it.
John E H
Jan 27, 2011
Excellent movie for all ages etc., etc. a must see. I enjoyed watching it again after all these years.
Oct 29, 2010
This is a great movie! Sidney Poitier at his finest. My college age kids have already snapped it up and took it back with them to show their friends on campus.