MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 1,108 this week

Lean on Me (1989)

 -  Action | Drama  -  3 March 1989 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 12,644 users  
Reviews: 69 user | 11 critic

The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 19 Oct 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 25 Jan 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Lean on Me" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lean on Me (1989)

Lean on Me (1989) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lean on Me.

User Polls

4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.

Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Stars: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman
Street Smart (1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Kathy Baker, Mimi Rogers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez
Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Small time crooksters Nick and Charlie have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Claude Lelouch
Teachers (1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named Peekay and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Stephen Dorff, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Freeman
Harry & Son (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a demolition crane operator on a demolition crew.

Director: Paul Newman
Stars: Paul Newman, Robby Benson, Ellen Barkin
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An aging out of shape reporter falls for a pretty but seriously ill ballerina.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Paul Sorvino, Anne Ditchburn, Nicolas Coster
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern
Okay Bill (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Bob Brady, Gordon Felio, Roz Kelly
Blade (1973)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A homicide detective goes after a woman-hating serial killer, who uses knives to murder his victims.

Director: Ernest Pintoff
Stars: John Marley, Jon Cypher, Kathryn Walker
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: John G. Avildsen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Alan North ...
...
...
...
...
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ...
Sloane Shelton ...
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins ...
...
Kaneesha Carter
...
Maria
...
Mrs. Santos
...
Mrs. Carter
Edit

Storyline

An arrogant and unorthodox teacher returns as principal to the idyllic high school from which he had earlier been fired to find it a den of drug abuse, gang violence, and urban despair. Eventually his successful but unorthodox methods lead to a clash with city officials that threatens to undo all his efforts. Based on a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A true story about a real hero. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apóyate en mi  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$31,906,454 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Morgan Freeman spent time with the real-life Joe Clark to capture his mannerisms and sayings. See more »

Goofs

When the superintendent is discussing who to hire as the principal with the Mayor, the Mayor asks "What was last year's score?". The Superintendent answers "38%". Later, when Joe leaves the stage after expelling the bad students, there is a chart that shows that last year's score was 30%. See more »

Quotes

Joe Clark: Don't talk to me about saving those kids. The mayor wants to save his budget. And you wanna save your ass!
Dr. Frank Napier: Well, so what? You want the truth?
Joe Clark: Yeah, Frank. Let's have some truth.
Dr. Frank Napier: The truth is that for all your talking, all your 'Crazy Joe' routine, what have you ever done? Nothing. You're nothing but an insignificant man. It's like you were never born. Your life hasn't made one bit of difference, and neither has mine. Wanna take that to the grave?
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: President Evil (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

SKEEZER
Performed & Written by Roxanne Shanté
Produced by Marley Marl
Courtesy of Cold Chillin' Records and Video, Inc. and A&M Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

strong acting helps overcome the familiarity of the material
12 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Freeman is perfectly cast as "Crazy" Joe Clark, a radical, newly appointed principal at a deteriorating, gang-ridden school who gets through to his students with a tough, opinionated, no-nonsense approach to the pursuit of academic excellence. The odds are stacked against him as the education board threatens to shut down Eastside High School, but with his burning desire, devoted staff and administration, and some bright students who actually want to succeed, he rallies them for what will be the final chance for the school to remain open. Based on a true story the premise is familiar and the script has its ups and downs, but it's meaningful and acted with strength and conviction, especially Freeman who is nothing short of superb. ***


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Joe Clarke's previous school ben-1047
Clark was too much of a sour a-hole oscarflix
Firing of Mrs. Elliott Staceyjj3
things a principal can't do gfnoyes
Morgan Freeman: Great actor jwpostman
Who is the girl that got her blouse torn? akasantajr346
Discuss Lean on Me (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?