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. Avildsen, 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. In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. The class--an early indication of the bravura style for which Clark will later become famous--is interrupted when Clark is informed that the school board is fed up with his abrasive approach and is transferring him. Parts of the film, including the elementary school scenes, were filmed in. The film then flashes forward 20 years to Eastside High in the 1980s, a graffiti-scrawled haven for drug dealers and unrepentant juvenile delinquents. 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.
When one of the expelled students is found beating up another student, Clark orders the doors of the school chained shut during school hours since alarmed security doors cannot be purchased. Under pressure, Paterson's mayor agrees. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark Morgan Freeman to take over as principal of the declining school. Darnell, though he is too late to re-hire Mrs. Considered the worst school in New Jersey, the state is threatening to take control of Eastside away from the local school board. Napier sets Clark straight over these incidents and lectures him to start being a team player. Darnell , whom Clark suspends for picking up a piece of trash during a recital of the school song, and choir teacher Mrs.
Carnell as Teacher in Cafeteria as Maria as George as Mrs. Graves, who, unlike the mayor portrayed in the movie. The project, hailing from , was written by Wendy Calhoun, with , , , and Ty Stiklorius also set to executive produce. O'Malley as Fire Chief Gaines as Kid Ray as Mr. 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. Clark's immediate radical changes include expelling 300 students identified as 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.
He announces the results over his megaphone. The class--an early indication of the bravura style for which Clark will later become famous--is interrupted when Clark is informed that the school board is fed. Arthur as Brian Banes as Mr. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of , a real life principal in , whose school is at risk of being taken over by the state government unless students improve their test scores on the New Jersey Minimum Basic Skills Test. Now, before we get into the fundamentals of how you can watch 'Lean on Me' right now, here are some finer points about the Warner Bros. This film's title refers to the 1972. If Clark can straighten out Eastside in time to get the school's basic-skills test scores up, he can have the job permanently.
Frank Napier Robert Guillaume , watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state. He is then interrupted by assistant principal Ms. Before the results can arrive, the fire chief raids the school and discovers the chained doors. Although Clark's tyrannical approach and hard-line policies alienate many members of the staff and the community, his uncompromising campaign gets results and even makes him famous, much to the chagrin of his powerful enemies. His actions begin to have a positive effect on his students. 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. The majority of students cannot pass basic skills testing, and even the teachers are not safe from.
Hamilton as Maria as Mrs. Hamilton as Ellen as Miss Ruiz as Mr. Elliot , whom Clark fires for being insubordinate after he cancels a pre-planned choral event, the school's upcoming annual. 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. Clark is arrested for violating. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family.
Eventually his successful but unorthodox methods lead to a clash with city officials that threatens to undo all his efforts. That evening, the students gather at the meeting of the , where school board member Leona Barrett, is leading for Clark's removal. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark Morgan Freeman to take over as principal of the declining school. The film ends with the senior students graduating high school and Clark handing them their diplomas. 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. Arthur as Fire Chief Gaines as Tommy as Brian Banes as Mrs.
Clark's radicalism causes him to come into conflict with members of the faculty, particularly English teacher Mr. The mayor has Clark released from jail to urge the children to return home for their own safety. Reluctantly, the mayor hires Clark. Some parents react strongly to these measures, including Leonna Barrett , mother of one of the expelled students, who presses the mayor to oust Clark. Frank Napier Robert Guillaume , watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state. When the minimum basic skills test is finally assessed, the students are much better prepared and filled with a sense of self-worth.