To Sir, with Love
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To Sir, with Love

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Director: James Clavell

Cast: James Clavell, Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson

     
 

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One of the 1960s' most beloved and endearing films, To Sir With Love is available on DVD through Columbia Classics. The DVD features the widescreen anamorphic (1:85:1) version of the film on one side and the full-screen (1:33:1) version on the other. Also included are scene selections as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and…  See more details below

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One of the 1960s' most beloved and endearing films, To Sir With Love is available on DVD through Columbia Classics. The DVD features the widescreen anamorphic (1:85:1) version of the film on one side and the full-screen (1:33:1) version on the other. Also included are scene selections as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. The included booklet has brief production notes. Other bonus features include detailed talent files on director James Clavell and the film's star, Sidney Poitier, who was at the height of his popularity at the time of the film's release, plus the film's trailer, as well as bonus trailers for the Poitier A Raisin in the Sun, Buck and the Preacher, and Brother John. The only thing missing from this otherwise fine DVD is some mention of the film's other interesting actors, especially Lulu, who scored one of the biggest hits of the 1960s with the film's timeless title song.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
An enormous hit in its time, this relatively simple and sentimental story of a teacher's seemingly miraculous ability to change his unruly students for the better is sustained by Sidney Poitier's powerful performance. He stars as a Caribbean native who finds himself working in a rundown secondary school in London's tough East End. Quickly realizing that his rebellious students need to learn self-discipline and survival skills more than anything they can find in a book, he acts accordingly. There are few actors of the first rank who have so completely embodied integrity and strength of character as has Sidney Poitier, and it is through this combination of qualities that he almost makes one believe in the rather fanciful premise of the film. But, with the exception of Pamela (Judy Geeson), the script provides the students with little in the way of characterization, as well as insisting on the patronizing notion that good manners will provide the solution to most of their problems. While the young actors are reasonably adequate, they're badly overmatched in any scene with Poitier. His ability to bring a character vibrantly to life, with all the nuances of anger, tenderness, humor, and thought at his disposal, is reason enough to see this film.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2000
UPC:
0043396032965
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
7,386

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & video; Production notes; Interactive menus; Audio: English [mono]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Talent files; Theatrical trailer; Bonus trailers; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Poitier Mark Thackeray
Christian Roberts Denham
Judy Geeson Pamela Dare
Suzy Kendall Gillian Blanchard
Lulu Barbara Pegg
Adrienne Posta Moira Jackson
Faith Brook Mrs. Evans
Christopher Chittell Potter
Geoffrey Bayldon Weston
Patricia Routledge Clinty
Edward Burnham Florian
Rita Webb Mrs. Joseph
Fiona Duncan Miss Phillips
Michael Des Barres Actor
Stewart Bevan Actor
Grahame Charles Femman
Graham Charles Femman
Fred Griffiths Actor
Cyril Shaps Mr. Pinkus
Marianne Stone Gert
Dervis Ward Actor
Stephen Whittaker Actor
Peter Attard Ingham
Carla Challoner Actor
Joseph Cuby Actor
Lynne Sue Moon Actor
Margaret Heald Actor
Howard Knight Actor
Ann Bell Mrs. Dare
Avis Bunnage Rosie
Gareth Robinson Tich
Roger Shepherd Buckley
Mona Bruce Jose Dawes

Technical Credits
James Clavell Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Don Black Songwriter
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Ron Grainer Score Composer
Mark London Songwriter
Philip Martell Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Raleigh Songwriter
Peter Thornton Editor
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Tony Woollard Art Director

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Scene Index

Side A-- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:11]
2. N. Quay Secondary School [4:18]
3. The staff [2:28]
4. Mid-day dance session [2:22]
5. Hackman's class [5:49]
6. The silent treatment [3:51]
7. Their proper places [2:09]
8. Seales [1:12]
9. Studying South America [3:09]
10. Pranks & filthy games [2:43]
11. Responsible adults [7:41]
12. Questions & answers [3:43]
13. Thackeray's story [5:00]
14. The museum trip [4:56]
15. Miss Dare's move [3:30]
16. Survival training [5:16]
17. Mark & Gillian [1:41]
18. Too high for Fats [8:56]
19. Passing the hat [3:36]
20. Mrs. Dare [1:40]
21. "I got me a job" [1:58]
22. Counseling Miss Dare [3:58]
23. A boxing lesson [6:34]
24. The Seales' funeral [2:20]
25. The celebration begins [4:11]
26. Ladies' choice [3:34]
27. A little remembrance [2:40]
28. Next term's class [2:16]
Side B-- FULL SCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:11]
2. N. Quay Secondary School [4:18]
3. The staff [2:28]
4. Mid-day dance session [2:22]
5. Hackman's class [5:49]
6. The silent treatment [3:51]
7. Their proper places [2:09]
8. Seales [1:12]
9. Studying South America [3:09]
10. Pranks & filthy games [2:43]
11. Responsible adults [7:41]
12. Questions & answers [3:43]
13. Thackeray's story [5:00]
14. The museum trip [4:56]
15. Miss Dare's move [3:30]
16. Survival training [5:16]
17. Mark & Gillian [1:41]
18. Too high for Fats [8:56]
19. Passing the hat [3:36]
20. Mrs. Dare [1:40]
21. "I got me a job" [1:58]
22. Counseling Miss Dare [3:58]
23. A boxing lesson [6:34]
24. The Seales' funeral [2:20]
25. The celebration begins [4:11]
26. Ladies' choice [3:34]
27. A little remembrance [2:40]
28. Next term's class [2:16]

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To Sir, with Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
STUDENTS REJECTED THE ASSIGNED CURRICULUM SO SIR FOUND A BETTER WAY. WORTH THE WATCH! ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie shows Sidney Portier at his best, showing a group of ruffian kids to grow up. Spliced with a liberal racial message, it still holds that every man and woman is responsible for themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sidney Poitier had three films released in 1967, in my opinion this was the best of them. “In the Heat of the Night” might have been more socially relevant when seen today, and “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” might have been more conventionally entertaining, but “To Sir, With Love” was to me more intelligent, sensitive and emotional that the other two. I am amazed that Sidney was not nominated for the Oscar in 1967, but given his performances in all three films, it's obvious the voters were torn. Sidney Poitier had a year in 1967 that, due to the length of time it takes to make a film these days, may not be repeated now, that is 3 starring roles in three extremely profitable films which does not happen that quite often. That said and done, I would like to say that is a film is excellent. Poitier gives an outstanding performance as Thackeray, the new school teacher, and the kids, for the most part, were really from the East End. Aided by an excellent supporting cast including Judy Geeson as Lulu which I believe, is Scottish and Michael Des Barres "Gypsy," the kid with the ubiquitous sunglasses -- is of French aristocracy/English descent otherwise, what you're seeing is what you get: kids from the East End. True, the script and some of the cinematography are dated, but what do you expect? The film was made towards the end 1966 and released in 1967 in many ways, it was ahead of itself. The main point, however, is not cinematic technique but character development and storyline. “To Sir, With Love” does portray strong characters, and does develop in a logical, positive way resulting it to be an excellent film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sidney Portier plays a teacher given charge of a ruffian, high school class in swinging sixties London. Interesting battles for control ensue with predictable outcomes, but the always captivating Sidney Portier ensures this film remains compelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To sir, With Love is a true movie classic. It is a shame that AMC doesn't show it instead of showing Guess Who's Coming To Dinner so often.