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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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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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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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Although Regina Taylor plays the mother of Karen Malina White, in real-life she's only five years older. See more »

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To avoid showing favoritism if Mr. Clark and Ms. Levias were able to find a more suitable home for Kaneesha and a job for her mother, they would have to do the same for all the families at East High. See more »

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Joe Clark: Ms. Levias, these miscreants don't know the school song - they've got three days detention.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bryan Cranston/Kanye West (2010) See more »

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RAP SUMMARY (LEAN ON ME)
Performed & Written by Big Daddy Kane
Produced by Marley Marl
Courtesy of Cold Chillin' Records and Video, Inc.
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Morgan Freeman at his best
27 May 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Morgan Freeman must be at his highest potential in this drama because he is excellent. He is excellent as Joe Clark, a principal at a high school who is trying to shape up his school and prepare them. He is wonderful as Joe Clark and he fills his character with so much heart that it is unbelieveable. He proved once again that he knows how to act and he should have won an oscar for his role. All of the actors and actresses are awesome in this. The direction and everything else is perfectly brought out.

Overall this movie has minor bits but everything else is perfect. Rating 10.5 out of 10. (Best Acting in a Movie)


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