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Lean on Me (1989)

 -  Action | Drama  -  3 March 1989 (USA)
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The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve.

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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>

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They called him crazy for padlocking the doors, and for changing all the rules. But Joe Clark was crazy about one thing only: the students who loved him. See more »

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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Apóyate en mi  »

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$31,906,454 (USA)
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The film came under intense criticism for many of the liberties taken with Clark's story. For instance, the subplot of the Proficiency Requirement that 75% of the students had to pass the Minimum Basic Skills Test to prevent a state take-over was fictitious. Clark never improved test scores during his tenure at Eastside, and the school was never in danger of a state take-over because it was zoned in an Abbott district (now known as an SDA district). See more »

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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 »

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Thomas Sams: Girl! I look at you and I want that oochie coochie!
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Written by Winston Bailey
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Much more realistic than "Dangerous Minds" with hardly any cussing
14 May 2005 | by (west coast of AZ) – See all my reviews

I work in a school that was totally struggling and considered hopeless, marked as "failing" and basically in the same position as Eastside High in Paterson, NJ, the subject and setting of "Lean on Me." "Lean on Me" is a very good, nearly great movie. But better than that it is the true story of a true hero who truly made a difference (http://www.joeclarkspeaker.com/index.html.)

Even if i wasn't a teacher, "Lean on Me" is a solidly recommendable film. Fine workmanship in depicting the underdog who deserves to win from the director of "Rocky." Justifably award winning acting by Morgan Freeman, well before he became a stereotype of himself. BUT, better than the traditional "movie-ishness" of the picture, the story is not only a story of hope, but it is a true and ongoing lesson that real commitment can create real change.

The whole process of the often startling and occasionally unpleasant shock and force necessary to rebuild a dangerously failing school is accurately portrayed. And so is the joyous feeling sensing the turn around taking place.

Even if you never learned anyone's name from the film, the story will inspire. Even if you think of none of the ideas of it, you cannot help but feel its heart.


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