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The Ron Clark Story (2006)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Ron Clark
Judith Buchan Judith Buchan ... Snowden School Principal
Griffin Cork ... Hadley
Jerry Callaghan Jerry Callaghan ... Ron Clark Sr.
James Dugan James Dugan ... Mr. Lively
Patricia Benedict Patricia Benedict ... Jean Clark
C.J. Jackman-Zigante C.J. Jackman-Zigante ... Y'landa
Pete Seadon ... Harried Principal
Melissa De Sousa ... Marissa Vega
Aaron Grain ... Jason
Brandon Mychal Smith ... Tayshawn
Gerrick Winston ... Mr. Solis
Ernie Hudson ... Principal Turner
Jacey Mah Jacey Mah ... Ms Hill (as Jacey Ma)
Marty Ronaghan Marty Ronaghan ... 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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No one believed in them. Except him.

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Biography | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

TNT [United States]

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Matthew Perry's character in Friends was a big fan of the movie Miss Congeniality. Both Ernie Hudson and Melissa De Sousa starred in the movie. See more »

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

Quotes

Principal Turner: These kids are at the bottom of the barrel.
Ron Clark: Don't talk about them like that.
Principal Turner: Now all I'm asking is for your students to pass.
Ron Clark: Oh every one of my students will pass.
Principal Turner: [inaudible, students commenting outside office] They can become someone else's problem.
Ron Clark: The problem isn't the kids. It's not even what they can achieve. The problem is what you expect them to achieve. You are setting the bar here. Why? Set it up here! They can make it.
Principal Turner: This community judges us by scores. Government funding judges us ...
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Connections

References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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The Presidents' Rap
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Performed by Matthew Perry and the School Children
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A touching, heartfelt movie.. and Matthew Perry gives an honest performance
14 August 2006 | by acoustic8y3See all my reviews

Not often these days do we get earnest films that are more than a formula (Glory Road comes to mind). The Ron Clark Story didn't reinvent the wheel, yet this made-for-TV movie was full of heart and positiveness. Matthew Perry managed to find a brilliant ballance between the pressure of being a teacher in a tough, intense neighborhood, with all the serious outcomes, and the joy and excitement of bringing a clever new teaching style to help the kids swallow the often-dry materials of history, math, etc.

I recommend this film not because it's in anyway ground-breaking, but simply because it has innocence that are hardly found in today's big budget films.


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