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You reap what you sow,
This review is from: To Sir, With Love [DVD]  (DVD)
Oh what a movie - it teeters on the edge between sublime and corny and yet with all my cynicism I lose my balance and fall into the sublime! Poitier as the teacher doesnt know what to do (just like we wouldnt) with a bunch of horrible teenagers. But in a wondrous moment he realises that he needs to let them speak as adults and not kids. As you follow each character you can see them grow and mature and LOVE the only decent teacher in the school, and it is odd in this day and age to see that he is the only black teacher in the school - but hey maybe not, I just read that Oxford and Cambridge admitted one black student in the last few years.
And Poitiers moments of "loss" when he discovers the prejudice when students wont visit a classmates mothers funeral, as he puts up with all the "voodoo" jibes from the old dinosaur colonial teacher, when he realises he can never really belong - what an actor, what acting! If only they had made him fall in love with Gillian this would be a bona fide chick-flick :-)
I remember my comprehensive school in the 70s, it looked just like the school in this movie.... unbelievable. If only schools showed movies like this instead of pandering to the lazy flicks out of Hollywood now.
It can be accused of corny moments but it was made in 1967 from an even older book - I found every moment enjoyable.