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To Sir, With Love [Import]

Sidney Poitier , Judy Geeson , James Clavell    DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sidney Poitier's outstanding movies June 25 2004
This movie, based on E.R. Braithwaite's book, was one of the outstanding movies of Sidney Poitier. I am a sucker of such movies, especially as I can relate to them. I was in a difficult school during my teenage years with bad schoolmates and some good teachers set me straight, otherwise, I would have been in trouble. This movie inspired many other movies but did not do such a splendid job. The main difference was the script and the actors.
Sidney plays the part of Mark Thackerey who is an engineer who does not get a job as an engineer and decides to become a teacher as an intermediate job. In the East End school he sees how bad the standards of the students are and realizes that he is not making any difference. Finally one day he loses his cool, and then hits on an idea to change the students attitude. Gradually, the students warm up to him. Though some of the ideas might be dated (language, customs etc) for the present day, the ideas of racism, generation difference, teacher-student trust and problems are well brought out. This is still a timeless classic and for anyone who has worked with schools, teachers and problem students.
The DVD quality is excellent. Both video and sound transfer are good. Sidney is Sidney, what can I say, his quiet, dignified style of acting and the way he handles all the situations by showing his emotions is fantastic. The theme song of this movie is also special. Do not miss this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL FILM June 6 2004
"To Sir With Love" was a beautiful story about a black teacher, Sidney Poitier, who overcomes racial barriers to teach West London toughs and toughettes the meaning of life. It was, literally, banned in Alabama, which was ruled entirely by...the Democrat party. In 1967, Poitier again stirred the red-necks with "In the Heat of the Night", where he plays Virgil Tibbs, a competent Philadelphia cop stuck overnight in a Mississippi town. It must be 110 degrees at night. The white boys sweat like stuck pigs while Virgil is as cool as a cucumber in a Savoy Row suit. The sheriff, Rod Steiger, is discomfited by circumstances in which Tibbs is "lent" to him to solve a murder that happens to occur when he is there. In working together, layer after layer of characterization is stripped away in marvelous fashion, through the skill of director Norman Jewison (who tells everybody he is not a Jew, he is Methodist), until understanding between the two men become a metaphor for the healing of a divided America. Very good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! July 30 2002
Sidney Poitier's performance in TO SIR, WITH LOVE is nothing short of masterful. His presence, a great script, and a gang of unruly British teenagers make for a wonderful film. If you are a fan of Poitier, have a soft spot for teachers, or just want to see a great film buy TO SIR, WITH LOVE today. This dated classic won't disappoint you.
Poitier plays a dashing new teacher in an East End school. The school is basically a holding area for hoodlums. "Sir" Poitier seems to have no control over his "class". However, through teaching the practicalities of life in the real world, Sir is able to reach the teens. His struggle and triumph over the challenge of teaching is a grand one. Masterfully directed and written by famed James Clavell, this a classic treasure of a film.
If you enjoy classic films, wonderful acting, or Sidney Poitier this a film you need to have. If you don't like interacial mixing, teachers, or dated films it's not a picture for you. That being said, please give this great movie a view. You won't be disappointed at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poitier Is Masterful Feb. 21 2001
1967 was an incredible year for Sidney Poitier. He starred in three magnificent films, the Academy Award winning films, In The Heat Of the Night & Guess Who's Coming To Dinner and this superb movie. Mr. Poitier stars as Mark Thackery who is an engineer, but in need of a job accepts a teaching position at a tough West End school. His class is made up of unruly ruffians and at first they rebel against him. It becomes obvious to Thackery that these kids don't have an interest in learning normal academics and that none of them will pursue higher education so he decides to prepare them for live by giving them lessons on how to cope in the real world. He gives cooking lessons, make up lessons for the girls, takes them to museums and they develop a respect and love for each other. Judy Geeson is fabulous as Pamela Dare, a blond beauty who develops a crush on Thackery. Christian Roberts is Devin the leader of the group. He is a thug not use to rules and is constantly testing Thackery. Lulu is Babs Pegg and she does a credible acting job and supplies the film with its famous theme song. Michael Des Barres has a minor part as one of the students and he would go on to minor rock career and marry one of the most famous of all rock groupies Pamela Des Barres. Mr. Poitier is the glue that holds the film together and he is equally forceful and compassionate in his performance. To sir With Love is dated in some ways with regards to the fashions and slang language, but it's story is timeless
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sidney
It's funny that I am writing about him because his movie To Sir with Love was just on. Awesome picture! Great story and so much meaning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars rare fines
I am a movie collector. Its hard to find old movies and for a good price. It's amazing what you can find on amazon.
Published 5 months ago by Nicole Soucy
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
We enjoyed this movie very much. Sidney Poitier is a great actor, and he didn't disappoint here. Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer turns to teaching in London's tough East... Read more
Published 7 months ago by George Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie-not in sealed package (3.5 stars)
I bought this as a Christmas present for my mom. This is, hands down, her favourite movie and one of mine as well. Who doesn't love Mr. Poitier? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great to see this movie again
After all these years I had the priviledge of looking at this film with my daughter who is now 23 years old and both of us simply loved to what is essential in life - simplicity &... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Danielle Plouffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Classic movie. Love all of his work. Would recommend this to anyone who likes the classics. Sit back and enjoy.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Linda Gluszek
5.0 out of 5 stars To sir
Great film, really enjoyed it. However if you live in North America you will need a multi-regional DVD player, which you can get from (you guessed it) Amazon. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Budgie56
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Movie
This movie I was as I child and really enjoyed it. Sidney Poitier is one of my old time favorites of actors and I thought he acting in this was absolutely fantastic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Janet O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars To Sir, With Love
Has to be the all time best - love your teacher movie. Sidney Poitier is the ultimate calm, cool. and collected, demanding respect teacher ever on film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars To Sir, With Love
Sidney Poitier is a great actor and I am happy to be able to get one of his movies - thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 16 months ago by Elaine Ward
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