Lean on Me 1989

Lean on Me

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In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state. With nowhere else to turn, Dr. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) to take over as principal of the declining school. Unfortunately for Clark, before he can focus on improving the student body's state exam scores, he has to somehow rid the school of its gang and narcotics problems.

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Critic Reviews for Lean on Me

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  • Jan 26, 2012
    Morgan Freeman is great in this role, but Lean on Me is a bit cheesy and predictable.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A good movie. A bit dated but Freeman was great none the less.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2011
    A good movie. A bit dated but Freeman was great none the less.
    Jim C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2008
    This film is like all true stories in which they are inspired by fact. "Lean on Me", However is different because it is inspired by fact and a great story of a man who cherished his community and for those who wanted tto become someone good.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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