Tuesday, June 8, 2010

To Sir with Love : A great movie for teachers

To Sir with Love is a British drama movie based on the semi-autobiographical novel of E.R. Braithwaite by the same name. Released in 1967, the movie deals with social and racial problems. The movie stars Sidney Poitier. James Clavell both wrote the screenplay and directed the movie.

Title: To Sir, With Love

Director: James Clavell

Producer: James Clavell

Music: Ron Grainer


Sidney Poitier

Christian Roberts

Judy Geeson

Suzy Kendall


The film also has a title song by the same name which was sung by Lulu and it became the number one song on the U.S. pop charts and went on to become Billboard magazine’s number pop single of the year. To Sir, With Love is also ranked number 27 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies. A television movie sequel titled, To Sir, With Love II, was released in 1996.

Mark Thackeray joins a tough school in London. He comes from British Guiana and holds a degree in Communication Engineering. He applied for several Engineering jobs but failed to get one. Finding no other way, he applied for the teaching job to support himself and look for a job in his field.

The school staffs have different opinions about the students. Headmaster Florian (Edward Burnham) tells Thackeray that the students are actually rejects from other schools and due to their misbehavior, their last teacher resigned. Deputy Head Evans tells Thackeray that they are actually good kids but comes from rough homes and would not hesitate to hurt their teachers.

Initially Thackeray tries to establish order in the class but fails miserably. He then decided to treat everyone as adults and initially the approach works. The movie then shows how Thackeray wins over the students. In the end, Thackeray gets his job but decides to become a teacher.

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