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      Lean on Me

      1989, Biography/Drama, 1h 48m

      19 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      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.

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Biography, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: John G. Avildsen

      • Producer: Norman Twain

      • Writer: Michael Schiffer

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $28.9M

      • Runtime:

      • Production Co: Warner Bros.

      • Sound Mix: Dolby, Surround

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Robert Guillaume
      Beverly Todd
      Lynne Thigpen
      Karen Malina White
      Michael Beach
      Ethan Phillips
      Ivonne Coll
      Regina Taylor
      Tony Todd
      Mike Starr
      Michael Best
      Stephen Capers Jr.
      Dwayne Jones
      Kenneth Kelly
      John G. Avildsen
      Victor Hammer
      John Carter
      Bill Conti
      Doug Kraner
      Tim Galvin
      Caryl Heller

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      • Jan 26, 2012

        Morgan Freeman is great in this role, but Lean on Me is a bit cheesy and predictable.

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      • Dec 02, 2011

        A good movie. A bit dated but Freeman was great none the less.

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      • Apr 03, 2011

        A good movie. A bit dated but Freeman was great none the less.

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      • 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.

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