TO SIR, WITH LOVE Airs on Reel 13 Tonight, 9/22

By: Sep. 22, 2012
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Sidney Poitier's "To Sir, With Love," the story of an idealistic engineer who takes a teaching job and faces a group of rough and disorderly white high school students from London's East End will air as the culmination of American Graduate Day tonight, September 22 at 9 p.m. on Reel 13.

American Graduate Day is a national broadcast and outreach event today, September 22from 1-8 pm, dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis. Broadcast nationally from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, the seven-hour special highlights Community Partners, educators and youth to help keep at-risk students in school. Hosts include PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez, ABC News correspondent Juju Chang, and Need to Know anchor Maria Hinojosa, among others.

James Clavell wrote the screenplay for and directed the film based on E.R. Braithwaite's novel. Patricia Routledge from "Keeping Up Appearances" makes an appearance, along with cast members Judy Geeson, ChristIan Roberts, Suzy Kendall, and Lulu, who sang the movie's popular theme song. 

Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. 

The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.


"I Want to Live!" (1958) Dir: Robert Wise

Convicted of murder, a drug-addicted shill and prostitute (Susan Hayward) lands on death row. With Simon Oakland and Virginia Vincent.

"Amador" (2010) Dir: Fernando Leon de Aranoa

A young woman takes a summer job caring for a bedridden older man. With Magaly Solier,Celso Bugallo and Pietro Sibille.


"Diner" (1982) Dir: Barry Levinson

Immature buddies (Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon) regroup at an all-night diner after various escapades in late-1950s Baltimore.

"Please Give" (2010) Dir: Nicole Holofcener

The granddaughters of an elderly woman clash with her neighbors over her apartment. With Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt (The Big C), and Rebecca Hall.


"Dark Passage" (1947) Dir: Delmar Daves

A San Francisco art student (Lauren Bacall) hides a fugitive (Humphrey Bogart) accused of murdering his wife. With Bruce Bennett.

"Frozen River" (2008) Dir: Courtney Hunt (also screenplay)

Two single mothers become smugglers along the Canadian border. With Melissa LeoMisty Upham and Charlie McDermott


"To Sir, With Love" (1967) Dir: James Clavell (also screenplay)

Sidney Poitier stars as an idealistic teacher dealing with high school students from the London slums. With Judy Geeson.

"The Damned United" (2009) Dir: Tom Hooper

A look at Brian Clough's 44 days as coach of the Leeds United soccer team. With Colm Meaney,Henry Goodman and David Roper


"Much Ado About Nothing" (1993) Dir: Kenneth Branagh


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