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Am feeling kind of sentimental tonight so thought I’d pick one of my favorite movies from my high school years– To Sir With Love. It may not have gotten the best reviews, but if it had anything to do with music and came out of Britain, I LOVED it!

To Sir, with Love


To Sir, with Love is a 1967 Technicolor British drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, that deals with social and racial issues in an inner-city school. James Clavell directed and wrote the film’s screenplay, based on E. R. Braithwaite’s semi-autobiographical novelTo Sir, With Love (1959).

The film’s title song “To Sir With Love”, sung by Lulu, reached number one on the U.S. pop charts for five weeks in the autumn of 1967 and ultimately was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 pop single for that year. The movie ranked number 27 on Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 50 Best High School Movies.

And yet it was not well received. Typical reviews stated:

–To Sir, with Love comes off as a cozy, good-humored and unbelievable little tale. (Bill Crowther, The New York Times)

Halliwell’s Film and Video Guide describes it as “sentimental non-realism” and quotes a Monthly Film Bulletin review (possibly contemporary with its British release), which claims that “the sententious script sounds as if it has been written by a zealous Sunday school teacher after a particularly exhilarating boycott of South African oranges.”

The Time Out Film Guide says that it “bears no resemblance to school life as we know it” and the “hoodlums miraculous reformation a week before the end of term (thanks to teacher Poitier) is laughable.”

Despite the bad reviews, it was the eighth highest grossing picture of 1967 in the US. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)


The soundtrack album features music by Lulu, The Mindbenders, and incidental music by Ron Grainer. The original album was released on Fontana Records. It was re-released onto CD in 1995.

Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 3 November 1948), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business since the 1960s. [And a bit of trivia here, she was married to Maurice Gibbs of the Bee Gees for a time. Their marriage broke up because of his drinking.] (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)


And just in case you’ve never seen the movie, here’s the tail end of it…