A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.

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Judith Buchan ...
Snowden School Principal
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Hadley
Jerry Callaghan ...
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Mr. Lively
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Jean Clark
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Y'landa
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Marissa Vega
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Jason
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Mr. Solis
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Jacey Mah ...
Ms Hill (as Jacey Ma)
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Jackie Vasquez
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1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on ... Written by Huggo

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This movie earned Matthew Perry his first Golden Globe nomination. Prior to that, he was the only cast member of Friends who never received any nomination during the ten years of the show. See more »

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The position of Ron's umbrella while talking to Marissa outside the state building. See more »

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Ron Clark: New York public schools are desperate for good teachers. Newspaper says they're begging for them. Dad, every year I tell my students to go for what they want in life - dream big, take risks. It's time I start living up to my own words.
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Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

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13 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a very pleasant surprise for me over the Christmas break even at the time it was screened at 06.00 am, lucky I got up early! Rarely am I so taken with a film such as this, but obviously the story line really got me, as did the excellent acting by all the cast, the kids were just great, and utterly convincing.

I was also pleased to discover the film was based on fact, and I was pleased that these rebel children went on to greater things, would not the world be a much better place if there were More Mr Clark's around? Not just in teaching but in all walks of life, especially in politics and industry.

Honesty is in very short supply these days, now I am rambling so will pack in, surely my ten lines are complete?


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