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YMMV / To Sir, with Love

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  • Adaptation Displacement
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Mr. Bell, the Gym teacher, Sadist Teacher or Stern Teacher? On the one hand he bullies Fats repeatedly to make a difficult jump, which he cannot do and in the process injures himself. On the other hand Bell makes a point of catching all the students after they make the jump, and when Fats does crash, Mr. Bell cushions his fall. Potter and the others feel Bell's had it in for Fats and bullies him, but we never see Mr. Bell in any other scenes and Potter and the others are quick to anger.
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  • Awesome Moments: A meta example. At the end of term party, a student comes to Thackery and announces his new job as a bellboy at the London Hilton, one of the most prestigious hotels in the city. He then asks Thackery for a reference to get into night school. In an interview later in life, E.R. Braithwaite told of that student visiting him after class years later as an adult...and the Assistant Manager at the London Hilton.
  • Awesome Music: "If you wanted the sky, I would write across the sky in letters, that would soar a thousand feet high: to Sir, with love"
  • Heartwarming Moments: The entire class showing up for the funeral of a classmate's mother, in defiance of the community's views on mixed-race families.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This movie features a well-spoken black teacher helping some white students. Now think about how funny that is in the wake of all the Save Our Students movies that feature a white teacher inspiring black students...
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  • It Was His Sled: The cup gifted to Thackeray by the end of the film.


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