To Sir, with Love

To Sir, with Love

James Clavell (1967)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Twelve years after snarling his way through a New York education as a student in The Blackboard Jungle, Sidney Poitier graduated to the chalkface here. He plays a teacher in London's East End who tries to motivate his surly pupils to become responsible citizens. Director James Clavell's adaptation of ER Braithwaite's novel is a soft-centred affair and is probably best remembered for Lulu singing the title song, though Judy Geeson gives a credible performance as a lovelorn pupil. It may be on the naive side, but it still became one of the year's top box-office hits with Poitier a magnetic presence.


A black engineer takes a teaching job at a tough London school to make ends meet, and over the course of his difficult first term, struggles to gain the respect of his disruptive pupils. Drama, starring Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Geoffrey Bayldon, Patricia Routledge, Christopher Chittell and Lulu.

Cast & Crew

Mark Thackeray Sidney Poitier
Denham Christian Roberts
Pamela Dare Judy Geeson
Potter Christopher Chittell
Weston Geoffrey Bayldon
Clinty Patricia Routledge
Barbara Pegg Lulu
Gillian Blanchard Suzy Kendall
Mrs Evans Faith Brook
Director James Clavell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violence, edited for language. Available on: video and DVD