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 he is 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 <email@example.com>
Lean On Me is a Norman Twain Production. The film company only had six titles under their belt, including Lean On Me, which was the only film released in the 80's. They released a single made for TV movie in the 90's, and another made for TV movie a few years later. They released two feature films in 2007, and their final film was released in 2009. Norman Twain passed away in 2016. See more »
After Mr Clark is done keeping the Fire Chief out, on his way back into the school he tells Mr Darnell its good to have him back. Mr Darnell says "You should have never fired me in the first place". He never fired him. He suspended him. See more »
[removing Sams' baseball cap]
Hey, son... Put something in your head, not on it!
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strong acting helps overcome the familiarity of the material
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 to save the school. 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. ***
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