A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Academy Award (R) winner Sidney Poitier (1963 Best Actor in a Leading Role - Lilies in the Field, 2002 Honorary Award) gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christopher Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. When offered an engineering job, Thackeray must decide if he wants to stay.