TO SIR, WITH LOVE (1967)

Dir. James Clavell

Relive "those schoolgirl days, of telling tales and biting nails" with the inspirational drama that helped make Sidney Poitier a star. He plays an out-of-work engineer trying to make ends meet as a substitute teacher in London. When he arrives for his first job, at a London slum, he's appalled at the delinquent behavior of his students and the way most of his colleagues have checked out. Through a determined effort he teaches the students self-respect and shows the faculty what education is all about. Columbia executives had no idea what to do with the film, so it sat on the shelf for a year before they released it in London and California, where it scored a big hit. The delay may have cost Sidney Poitier a well-deserved Oscar nomination, as the film came out the same year as two other high-profile films of his, In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), which split the votes for him, even as he moved to the top of the box office.

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