To Sir, with Love

Synopsis: Engineer Mark Thackeray arrives to teach a totally undisciplined class at an East End school. Still hoping for a good engineering job, he's hopeful that he won't be there long. He starts implementing his own brand of classroom discipline: forcing the pupils to treat each other with respect. Inevitably he begins getting involved in the students' personal lives, and must avoid the advances of an amorous student while winning over the class tough. What will he decide when the engineering job comes through?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): James Clavell
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

My bleeding feet!

Hello, Mrs. Joseph.

I like your hair.

Is that strawberry blonde?

You're only jealous.

What's for the old man's

supper tonight?

He'll be lucky to get

faggots and pease pudd, he will.

Well, he can't do much

on that, can he?

All I want him for

is to keep me feet warm.

Excuse me, dearie.

Here, Gert.

I wouldn't mind having this little lot

in my stocking for Christmas.

What would you do with him?

You've been a widow too long.

You speak for yourself.

It's like riding a bicycle.

You never forget how.

I'll tell you what I'll do.

I'll send my Alfie to you.

He's not bad once he gets going.

Well, I hope he's well-sprung.


Looking for someone, mate?

Nice day, isn't it?


Hackman's in the staff room.

Where he bleeding well belongs.

Good morning.

My name is Thackeray.

I'm a new teacher.

We were expecting you.

So you're the new lamb

for the slaughter.

Or should I say... sheep?

No, just a teacher, Mr. Hackman.

I'm not Hackman.

Perish the thought.

He's departed,

God rest his soul.

He's probably pouring out his woes

to the divisional officer by now.


I'm Mrs. Evans, Grace.

Deputy head.

Mrs. Evans.

Have you seen any children yet?

I looked in on Mr. Hackman's class

for a moment.

I take them for domestic science.

Like a cup of tea?

No, thank you, not just now.

You been teaching long?

This is my first appointment.

We call them jobs.

American, are you?

British, from British Guiana.

But I spent some years

in the States.

- Where?

- In California.

Weather as good as they say?

It's better.

What was your subject?

What did you major in?


I must be off.

Make yourself at home.

Wander around, if you like,

or stay here.

I'll introduce you at lunch.

Thank you.

This is Gillian, Mr. Thackeray.

Gillian Blanchard.

She's new here too.

Came the day before yesterday.

- Tea, Gillian?

- Thank you.

This is Mr. Mark Thackeray,

the new replacement.

Jose Dawes,

Euphemia Phillips.

They teach the little ones.

Theo Weston, you know.

I've had the pleasure.

He mistook me for Hackman.

- He's fled.

- I don't blame him.

That's enough to destroy anybody.

He got what he deserved.

I'm Clinty Clintridge.

Clinty's a marvelous artist.

Got one at the Royal Academy

a couple of years ago.

Teaching provides the bread and butter.

Well, that's all the staff

except for Mr. Bell...

...our P.T. Instructor.

I hope you're

going to stay with us.

I shouldn't if I were you, old man.

Row home while you can.

Don't discourage him, Weston.

Well, I must go.

I have to fix a bath

for a girl in Clinty's class.


Kids complained again.

Won't sit near her.

What's the matter?

Personal hygiene problems.

Fourteen and helpless.

You men are lucky.

The things we women have to do

for these kids.

Gillian, dear...

...encourage him to stay.

Why is it everyone thinks

I need encouraging?

They said the same to me.

There's something frightening but

also challenging about this school.

There's no form of corporal

punishment or any punishment.


I have no real teaching experience.

I'm lost.

I don't have any experience either.

But it'll be much easier for you.

I'm a little afraid of them.

Midday dance session.

At lunch, the older kids use the hall.

I sometimes join them.

Even the old man shakes a leg.

Dancing is merely their way

of keeping fit...

...for the more exciting pastime

of teacher baiting.

Couldn't you be

a bit less discouraging?

It's the last thing I want to do.

The music's louder than usual.

They're probably celebrating

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