Speaks his mind on music & movies!
Opening credits take us on a travelogue of London. We see a guy in a tie and jacket catch the bus. On the bus he sits beside 3 older woman who are yaking. One of the old dolls makes a sexual reference and they all have a good laugh. The man can’t help grinning.
The man gets off the bus and walks to a school. It’s a rough part of of town. We find out he’s the new teacher, “lamb to the slaughter” as one of the staff comments. Most of the staff looks worn out. The place is tough on teachers. The students are all rejects from other schools. Thackerary, the new guy soon finds out that he has his work cut out for him. This goes beyond an academic education. This is about teaching life skills, survival. We watch this story play out. Underprivileged kids living in poverty who have no idea of their potential. Who don’t see beyond their neighborhood. Maybe this teacher, who has never taught can get them to think outside of this place. Maybe he can inspire them to rise above their circumstances.
For a movie shot in the 60’s it doesn’t pull any punches. It engaged Cincinnati Babyhead. He felt like he was sitting in the classroom. James Clavell really sets it up and he keeps it focused.
Sidney Poitier plays it cool and his performance is fantastic. He is the man. Great work. The supporting cast add an authentic feel. They keep it real. Solid . There are so many stand out scenes. Sidney and Geeson dancing is very cool. Babyhead stole some of Sid’s moves.
CB liked the movie then and likes it now. Good is good. Lots to like. He even liked Lulu’s song.
Jump on the double decker and take a trip to the east end of London in the 60’s and sit in on a great little flick.
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