Lean on Me (1989)
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After earning rave notices for powerful supporting turns as a pimp in Street Smart (1987) and an alcohol abuse counselor in Clean and Sober (1988), actor Morgan Freeman began his ascent to stardom with this, his first lead role in a major motion picture. Freeman is real-life high school principal Joe Clark, a tough, harsh educator and administrator who in 1987 is given a nearly impossible task by his old friend, school superintendent Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume). Clark is asked to reform
Mar 3, 1989 Wide
Oct 20, 1998
Warner Home Video
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Dr. Frank Napier
Karen Malina White
Mayor Don Bottman
Michael P. Moran
Fire Chief Gaines
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Avildsen's enthusiastic direction gives Lean on Me a heartwarming, feel-good tone that is accessible beyond the environs of its subject.
Is a baseball bat the best way to organize a school? In the movie, sure. In real life, maybe not.
Freeman, as usual, infuses a standard-issue plot with extraordinary emotional conviction.
Watchable but formulaic tough-love-teacher movie, made perhaps before Morgan Freeman could get himself better roles.
calculated to get you cheering -- and it does
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- Joe Clark: You used to call me Crazy Joe. Well now they you can call me Batman.
- Joe Clark: We sink, we swim, we rise, we fall. We meet our fate together.
- Joe Clark: This is an institution of learning, ladies and gentlemen. If you can't control it, how can you teach? Discipline is not the enemy of enthusiasm!
- Joe Clark: Discipline is not the enemy of enthusiasm.
- Joe Clark: I don't have to do nothin' but stay black and die!
- Joe Clark: You'll be dead in a year son. You hear me? You'll be dead in a year.
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