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'''''To Sir, with Love''''' is a 1967 British drama film starring Creator/SidneyPoitier that deals with social and racial issues in an inner city school. James Clavell both directed and wrote the film's screenplay, [[FilmOfTheBook based on the semi-autobiographical novel]] of the same name by E. R. Braithwaite. Sidney Poiter plays Mark Thackeray, a teacher originally from [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} British Guiana, now Guyana]], who recently moved from the United States. The plot primarily centers around Thackeray's idealism clashing with his teenage pupils' cynicism.

Poitier also starred in a 1996 TV sequel ''To Sir With Love II'' with a retired Thackeray leaving UsefulNotes/{{London}} to teach in an inner city high school in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. It was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and featured brief cameos from actors Judy Geeson and Lulu reprising their original roles.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* ApatheticTeacher: Mr. Weston.
* BerserkButton: Thackeray looks into a classroom heater and goes off on the female students when he finds a "disgusting object" of theirs burning inside. (While the object in question isn't identified in the film, the book reveals it as a used sanitary napkin.)
* CoolTeacher: The class eventually sees Thackeray as this.
* DuelingMovies: ''Up the Down Staircase'' was a very similar inner-city educational drama, also released in the summer of 1967.
* EurekaMoment: Thackeray has one of these after finding the "disgusting object". He heads into the staff room, rants angrily about his students to the female teacher, and halfway through realizes that the lessons he's been teaching them are absolutely useless for preparing the class for adulthood.
* FakeNationality: Poitier is Bahamian-American, not Guyanese.
* {{UsefulNotes/Guyana}}: Thackeray's country of origin.
* HeelRealization: The class after Thackeray blasts them for their behavior.
* HighTurnoverRate: Thackeray was the latest in a long line of teachers to attempt to teach the class.
* HotForTeacher: An example where the teacher is [[{{Squick}} somewhat disturbed]] to learn that his student has a crush on him.
* InnerCitySchool: The British version of one.
** The one in the sequel was located in Chicago with a mix of Black, White and Hispanic kids.
* PhotoMontage: When Thackeray takes the kids to a museum, set to the TitleTune by Lulu.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Thackeray occasionally does this, starting with a rant about how sluttish and unladylike the female students are after finding the BerserkButton mentioned above.
* SaveOurStudents: Thackeray's goal.
* SequelGap: The TV sequel was made twenty-nine years after the first.
* SoundEffectBleep: There is one point where one of the students curse and get drowned out by the noise of a passing train.
* SternTeacher: Thackeray takes this stance at times.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Thackeray insist's on the students calling him 'Sir", but returns the favor by call them "Miss" or "Mr" and insisting that they do the same when talking to each other.
* TitleDrop: Thackeray is given a coffee cup (an unidentified object in the novel) with the title on the side, as Lulu [[ThemeTuneCameo performs the song in character for him.]]
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Inverted. It's one of Thackeray's students who develops a crush on him. Meanwhile, he's oblivious to the similar feelings of one of his fellow teachers. Which is even more of an inversion, as in real life, Braithwaite married her.
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