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Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 3 March 1989 (USA)
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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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>

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Eastside High was a training ground for jail. Then Joe Clark took over. Now the kids are getting something they never had. A future. See more »

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apóyate en mi  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$31,906,454 (USA)
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Trivia

During the graduation ceremony during the credits, Thomas Sams joins the rest of the seniors. In reality, he would've graduated from Eastside as a member of the Class of 1991. See more »

Goofs

Mr Clark stops Sams in the hallway when he's about to duck into the bathroom to look for his friends. He begins to question Sams how he's doing in class and asks when he gets his report card. The principal of a school, especially one as hard-nosed as Mr Clark would know when report cards are issued. See more »

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Mr. Rosenberg: [in a conference room at city hall] Mr. Mayor it seems that Mr. Clark's students have assembled outside in an exercise of their first amendment rights.
Mayor Don Bottman: How many?
Mr. Rosenberg: It looks like... all of them.
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Spoofed in High School High (1996) See more »

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HIT THE ROAD, JACK
Written by Percy Mayfield
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Clark should have been fired
27 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe Clark is a poor choice for a movie hero, assuming this biography is at all accurate. Professionally, he should not have been in charge of anything or anyone, and I find it hard to believe that the school improved under his leadership as depicted. What the students needed most in this school was a sense that they create their own community and have to live in it. They got a charismatic fanatic, whose authority is arbitrary and capricious--everything in the school was about Joe Clark and nothing else. Perhaps I just mistrust/dislike hero stories, but learning this kind of devotion to an individual is not a substitute for learning to participate in a community.


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