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11 November 1986 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

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
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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A good lesson in some early Denzil!, 11 February 2017
Author: subxerogravity from United States

Denzil plays a man name George McKenna who, according to the movie, created homeroom as a way to organization and dictate how many students are coming to class. I find that interesting being someone who went to high school with homeroom and not really given it much thought that their was a beginning.

It's so dated in the 80s with the hip hop soundtrack that includes the DJ scratches. It's over dramatic with the type of stereotypes of bad kids who are misunderstood and gangbangers that people will be making fun of and parodying today.

But it's Denzil. Like the Mighty Quinn would do for him in a short few years later, Hard Lessons was showing the world that Denzil could be a leading man with his performance of George McKenna, a man who cared and was not scared to put it all on the line cause he cared. Some of the actions he took was not liked by fellow teachers, and his dedication to his job cost him his woman (played by Lynn Witfield, who I don't think I would give up to help some kids.)

And like always, Denzil is killing it, even with the limits that television was trying to put on his skills, he shines.

For those of you who are fans of Denzil I would recommend you watch it, try not to laugh at the dated fashion and the message though accurate and positive was being beaten over your head with a melodrama stick. Just try to get into the early development of Mr. Washington.

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