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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.

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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 Poitier 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.


* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Thackeray insists 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.

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Thackeray insists on the students calling him 'Sir", "Sir", but returns the favor by call them "Miss" or "Mr" and insisting that they do the same when talking to each other.


* PhotoMontage: When Thackeray takes the kids to a museum, set to the TitleTune by Lulu.

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* PhotoMontage: When Thackeray takes the kids to a museum, set to the TitleTune TitleThemeTune by Lulu.



* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Recorded by Lulu, who plays Babs in the film, it's notable for being the only recording by a British artist to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff become a #1 hit in the U.S. while failing to chart at all its home country]] (where it was relegated to a B-side).

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* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: ThematicThemeTune[=/=]TitleThemeTune: Recorded by Lulu, who plays Babs in the film, it's notable for being the only recording by a British artist to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff become a #1 hit in the U.S. while failing to chart at all its home country]] (where it was relegated to a B-side).

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* DarkestHour: After his advise towards Pamela on giving her mother another chance, it only caused him and his race to be a BrokenPedestal towards Pamela, finally completely ostracized Thackeray from his class to a point he now thinks there is no future for him as a teacher and prepares to resign from his occupation and give up trying to connect with TheMeanBrit youths as he accepts to move on to his original goal of becoming an engineer. However, when Denham attempts goad Thackeray into a boxing match to hurt him out of spite and to convince him to resign from teaching earlier, Thackeray manages to defeat him in both self-defense and having enough of Denham's antagonism, which in turn causing the class to finally look up to Thackeray again.


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* TheMeanBrit: Most of the students were this towards Thackeray lead by Denham.


* {{Bowdlerise}}: The movie downplays an ongoing theme of Braithwaite's book, the hidden racism in British society. The book opens with a woman refusing to sit next to Braithwaite on a bus, whereas the movie has two women cheerfully joking with Thackeray. There's also no mention that the reason he's working as a teacher in the first place is no one will give him a job as an engineer, despite being better qualified than most white applicants.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The movie downplays an ongoing theme of Braithwaite's book, the hidden racism in British society. The book opens with a woman refusing to sit next to Braithwaite on a bus, whereas the movie has two women cheerfully joking with Thackeray.Thackeray on the bus. There's also no mention that the reason he's working as a teacher in the first place is no one will give him a job as an engineer, despite being better qualified than most white applicants.

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**It should be noted that while that is the exact quotation of the book, in British English (especially of the era), slut was a synonym for slob, and thus to be sluttish would also commonly be understood to be slovenly. [[HaveAGayOldTime This meaning isn't as ubiquitious today, however]] .


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Thackeray occasionally does this, starting with a rant about how sluttish and unladylike the female students are after the incident mentioned above.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Inverted. Braithwaite' s courtship of and eventual engagement to Gillian is downgraded to him being oblivious to her obvious interest in him. Though a line from the sequel indicates that they married.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Thackeray occasionally does this, starting finally gets fed up with a rant about how sluttish and unladylike the female students are students' behavior after the incident mentioned above.
above and proceeds to give the female students an epic rant about how disgusted he is with their sluttish and unladylike behavior.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Inverted. Braithwaite' s Braithwaite's courtship of and eventual engagement to Gillian is downgraded to him being oblivious to her obvious interest in him. Though a line from the sequel indicates that they married.


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* YoureNotMyFather: Annoyed at the students insistence on using foul language to provoke him, Thackeray asks one if she's speaks like this when talking to her father. She name-drops this trope, adding "bleeding" for emphasis.


[[caption-width-right:288: TrailersAlwaysLie. In this case, that's a crying shame. This is the poster for the US release as the term ''fresh'' in this context is unknown in the UK]]

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[[caption-width-right:288: TrailersAlwaysLie. In this case, that's a crying shame. This is the poster for the US release release, as the term ''fresh'' in this context is unknown in the UK]]
UK.]]


* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Recorded by Lulu (who plays Babs in the film), it's notable for being the only recording by a British artist to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff become a #1 hit in the U.S. while failing to chart at all its home country]] (where it was relegated to a B-side).

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* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Recorded by Lulu (who Lulu, who plays Babs in the film), film, it's notable for being the only recording by a British artist to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff become a #1 hit in the U.S. while failing to chart at all its home country]] (where it was relegated to a B-side).


* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Recorded by Lulu (who plays Babs in the film), it's notable for being the only recording by a British artist to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff become a #1 hit in the U.S. while failing to chart at all its home country]].

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* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Recorded by Lulu (who plays Babs in the film), it's notable for being the only recording by a British artist to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff become a #1 hit in the U.S. while failing to chart at all its home country]].country]] (where it was relegated to a B-side).

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* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Recorded by Lulu (who plays Babs in the film), it's notable for being the only recording by a British artist to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff become a #1 hit in the U.S. while failing to chart at all its home country]].


* {{Bowdlerise}}: The movie downplays an ongoing theme of Braithwaite's book, the hidden racism in British society. The book opens with a woman refusing to sit next to Braithwaite on a bus, whereas the movie has two women cheerfully joking with Thackeray. There's also no mention that the reason he's working as a teacher in the first place is no-one will give him a job as an engineer, despite being better qualified than most white applicants.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The movie downplays an ongoing theme of Braithwaite's book, the hidden racism in British society. The book opens with a woman refusing to sit next to Braithwaite on a bus, whereas the movie has two women cheerfully joking with Thackeray. There's also no mention that the reason he's working as a teacher in the first place is no-one no one will give him a job as an engineer, despite being better qualified than most white applicants.



* 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.

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* EurekaMoment: Thackeray has one of these after finding the "disgusting object". 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.

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* AdaptationNameChange: ER Braithwaite becomes Mark Thackeray.


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* RelationshipUpgrade: Inverted. Braithwaite' s courtship of and eventual engagement to Gillian is downgraded to him being oblivious to her obvious interest in him. Though a line from the sequel indicates that they married.


'''''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.

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'''''To ''To Sir, with Love''''' 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.

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