To Sir, With Love

A story as fresh as the girls in their minis... and as tough as the kids from London's East End!
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: February 1, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo Surround - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers:
      1. TO SIR WITH LOVE
      2. BUCK AND THE PREACHER
      3. A RAISIN IN THE SUN
      4. BROTHER JOHN
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Selection
    • Interactive Menus
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Talent Files

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 20,229
Well-meaning tripe. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 24, 2002
Sidney Poitier stars in an excellent performance. Full Review
Variety
Dec 10, 2008
Even the weak moments are saved by Poitier, who invests his role with a subtle warmth. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Aug 24, 2010
Incessant Cockney street market vignettes and shots of London buses seem to suggest that it was all primarily intended for American consumption anyway. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
...It captured a specific time...
USA Today
Feb 4, 2000
Rating: 4/5 -- Sentimental reflections on an inspirational teacher are often the makings of weak dishwater films, but in James Clavell's To Sir, with Love, a strong cast and an unforgettable title song make this an undeniable classic. Full Review
Quickflix
Apr 28, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 2, 2011

Product Description:

Ideological changes in post-Civil Rights movement America were at the heart of legendary African-American actor Sidney Poitier's films in the late 1960s. One such film is this powerful drama, which stars Poitier as Mark Thackery, an unemployed engineer who applies for a teaching job because he needs the paycheck. He lands a job at a school in London's East End that's full of unruly teenagers who are profoundly uninterested in learning. After several failed attempts to reach the students, Thackery abandons the textbooks and conventional teaching methods and, treating them as young adults, he prepares his students for the job market. His unorthodox style is effective--the students begin to respect Thackery and absorb his lessons. But his substantial accomplishments are weighed in the balance when he is finally offered the engineering job he had been waiting for.

Poitier's proud, defiant figure stands tall against the rowdy, aimless swinging-sixties London teens, but one of the film's strengths is the respect that is paid to the disruptive students as human characters worthy of a better future. Lulu, who delivers a strong student portrayal, also sings the popular theme song.

Plot Synopsis:

A black high school teacher struggles to connect with his classroom of all white British students. He finally makes progress when, after tossing the books aside, he teaches them how to survive in the real world.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: June 14, 1967.
  • Color by Technicolor.
  • Film debut for British pop singer Lulu.
  • British pop band The Mindbenders, who recorded the song "Groovy Kind of Love" play at a dance party.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 819
  • UPC: 043396032965
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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