Lean on Me (1989)

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Lean on Me
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TitleLean on Me
Year1989
CountryUSA
GenreDrama (Movies)
Run Time1h 48 min
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By 1987, the once successful Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, has deteriorated due to drugs and crime. The majority of students cannot pass basic skills testing, and even the teachers are not safe from gang violence. Mayor Bottman learns that the school will be turned over to state administration unless 75% of the students can pass the minimum basic skills test. He consults with school superintendent Dr. Frank Napier, who suggests the school hire elementary school principal Joe Clark, aka “Crazy Joe”, a former teacher at Eastside High, as the new principal. Reluctantly, the mayor hires Clark.

Clark’s immediate radical changes include expelling 300 students identified as drug dealers or abusers and troublemakers, instituting programs to improve school spirit including painting over graffiti-covered walls, and requiring students to learn the school song, and be punished if they cannot sing it on demand.

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Lean on Me
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Cast:

Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman
Principal Joe Clark
Beverly Todd Beverly Todd
Ms. Levias
Alan North Alan North
Mayor Don Bottman
Robert Guillaume Robert Guillaume
Dr. Frank Napier
Ethan Phillips Ethan Phillips
Mr. Rosenberg
Lynne Thigpen Lynne Thigpen
Leonna Barrett

By 1987, the once successful Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, has deteriorated due to drugs and crime. The majority of students cannot pass basic skills testing, and even the teachers are not safe from gang violence. Mayor Bottman learns that the school will be turned over to state administration unless 75% of the students can pass the minimum basic skills test. He consults with school superintendent Dr. Frank Napier, who suggests the school hire elementary school principal Joe Clark, aka “Crazy Joe”, a former teacher at Eastside High, as the new principal. Reluctantly, the mayor hires Clark.

Clark’s immediate radical changes include expelling 300 students identified as drug dealers or abusers and troublemakers, instituting programs to improve school spirit including painting over graffiti-covered walls, and requiring students to learn the school song, and be punished if they cannot sing it on demand.

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