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?Written by
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Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by E.R. Braithwaite and his experiences teaching in a tough secondary school in a poor area of post-war East London the film's portrayal of Braithwaite's character may not have been entirely accurate. After the film was released, several former pupils of Braithwaite's claimed that, the real Braithwaite was a stern and tough disciplinarian who often used corporal punishment in class and was far from the sympathetic and likeable character as played by Sidney Poitier. See more »
Boom mic shadow visible at the top left of the screen (on the white arches) when Mark Thackeray is at home opening his post and receives the job offer. See more »
[Mr. Thackeray, retaining his calm manner after excoriating the female students for their disgusting and sluttish behavior, returns to his classroom with the windows open after the females got ridden of a "sanitary pad" they brought inside]
[grabs the books from his desk and drops them into the wastebasket]
Those are out. They are useless to you. I suddenly realized that you are not children, that you'll be adults in a few weeks with all the responsibilities that implies. So from now on, you will...
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One of my all time great flicks to see over and over again...
I have seen this movies at least 50 times since 1967 I know. It's just one of those movies that you see that you never forget. I have always had great admiration for teachers because I think they have the hardest job in the world. Sidney Poitier is such a great actor that he makes you want to cheer his characters and you believe he is who he is portraying. I still love the theme song and I think it defines the whole movie and makes you want to see it again and again. "How do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume." Great flick... And of course the dance scene at the end. I still can't do those moves...
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