I'm sure this film was a gem in its time, but outside of that context, I failed to be entertained or moved in any way. I understand why it's a classic, but years have gone by since then, and the genre has been done to death. In comparison, the original inspirational teacher flick felt lacklustre to me. I probably wouldn't recommend TO SIR, WITH LOVE to anyone from this generation, but that's just me -- perhaps I'm missing something.
To Sir, With Love (1967)
unrated | 1h 45min | drama | 14 June 1967 (USA)
based on the autobiography-memoir, To Sir With Love (1959) written by:
Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite
diplomat, former Royal Air Force pilot, novelist, teacher, writer
b: 27 June 1912
Georgetown (Demerara-Mahaica), Guyana
d: 12 December 2016, age 104
Rockville (Montgomery County), Maryland
other books available @ Brooklyn Public Library:
1962: Paid Servant
1962: A Kind of Homecoming
1965: Choice of Straws
1972: Reluctant Neighbors
1975: Honorary White
I have watched this movie twice, it reminded me of my old school life.
The film's title song sung by Lulu was easy to remember. I like the song especially the wordings.
Probably I will watch this movie again some other time.
One of my all time favorites. Holds up over time. Have enjoyed sharing this classic with my children.
This is a 1967 British drama directed by James Clavell, based on E. R. Braithwaite's semi-autobiographical novel published in 1959.
Although it is a nice and gripping tale, the ending appears anti-climatic and doesn't seem to get along with the previous emotional climax.
I loved the growing relationship between the teacher and the students. Yeah, it was predictable by today's standards, but it reminds us of a time where it was appreciated nevertheless.
this is like a old school movie, i love this movie = D
I watched this movie last week on a cable channel. Yes, the movie is a little too didactic to be a good movie. But its main idea actually is interesting: for how long can we consider children - children? When do we begin to relate to them as to adults? The students in the movie would graduate in a few months. The traditional teaching style obviously isn't working. And it takes a non-traditional teacher (because he was not professionally educated to be a teacher) to suggest a radically new method: to tell the students that they are adults, to relate to them accordingly, and to demand from them to behave like adults. The most important thing he teaches them is to think independently, to respect other people, and to make their own decisions. He answers their sometimes very personal questions, he tries to educate them about the wider world around them and he does everything with the utmost respect and interest in their lives. By doing this, he turns a group of rebellious teenagers into grown young men and women.
In this sense, the movie is not outdated at all.
To Sir With Love is a 1967 film directed by James Clavell (Shogun) based on a book written by E.R. Braithwaite, first published 1959. Yes, I agree with some reviewers that this type of story has since been done ad nauseam, but I would like to point out that when choosing between an original and a copy, one should choose the original because it defines the genesis of the genre. This story was based on Braithwaite's life. What I found remarkable about this story is the meeting and meshing of two very different cultures. The 1960s US Civil Rights Movement advanced the education, employment, and housing prospects of the Negro (a term I have used respectfully for over 53 years). But in the UK, that advancement didn't begin until the Brixton Riots in the 80s, many years after the 1967 movie. This is a tale of a man marginalized by his skin colour teaching teens marginalized by their class to overcome their obstacles.
A beautiful, moving film that should be watched by people of all ages.
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