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11 November 1986 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Eric Laneuville 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Eric Johnson 

Produced by
Howard Lipstone .... executive producer
Linda Otto .... producer
Jerram A. Swartz .... associate producer
Original Music by
Herbie Hancock 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky 
Film Editing by
Robin Wilson 
Production Design by
Jeffrey L. Goldstein 
Costume Design by
Rona Lamont 
Makeup Department
Rick Jones .... key makeup artist
Production Management
F.A. Miller .... production manager
Sound Department
Craig Busch .... cable man
Mark Friedgen .... supervising sound editor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... set costumer
Other crew
Anne Carr .... production assistant
Anne Carr .... set medic
Blaine G. Houserman .... assistant production accountant
Laura Petticord .... production assistant
Dorothy Sidwell .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Hard Lessons" - USA (video title)
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USA:100 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Denzil Washington last t.v. movie before "Cry Freedom" Oscar nominated performance, 21 October 2003
Author: (ericcody) from Decatur, Ga

The George McKenna Story, is a 1986 CBS fact based made for t.v. movie, that starred Denzil Washington as the title role of George McKenna. Washington plays a school principal in a tough inner city Los Angeles high school out to rid it of drugs, gangs, low moral of teachers, and restore educational values. Nothing is new in this film that has not been seen before in films like The Blackboard Jungle(1955), and later in films like The Principal (1987), Lean On Me (1988), and Dangerous Minds (1994).

This movie was Denzil Washington's last television movie before he scored big a year later with the film "Cry Freedom". The George McKenna story also starred fine stage and screen actress Lynn Whitfield, who also was in another satisfying CBS fact based movie, Johnnie Mae Gibson, F.B.I. Though the movie is clichéd at times, the producers was intelligent to cast superior actors. The George McKenna Story, without Denzil Washington would have been a typical after school special with melodramatic violence. I gave this movie *** good, but nothing exceptionally special here. Check it out, it is on video.

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