Lean On Me
is the true story of high school principal Joe Clark, who armed himself with a bullhorn and Louisville Slugger and slammed the door on losers at Eastside Hide in Paterson, New Jersey.
Brought in to save the school, he chained the doors to keep troublemakers out and the hardworkers in. Some parents and teachers fought him, but many kids loved and respected him. He turned the school around and his achievement became a national triumph.
Morgan Freeman electrifies as Clark in an extraordinary performance of an extraordinary man.
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Lean on Me
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 | Review by: Micky B
WHAT A MARVELLOUS FILM! John G Aviltsen is very much an audience-pleasing director who seems to specialise in "make-ya-feel-good" pictures!. His box-office successes already include all of the <i>Karate Kid</i> films, as well as many of the <i>Rambo</i> series. Here, he most certainly succeeds yet again! This biographical schoolmaster drama in the tradition of <i>Blackboard Jungle</i> of the 1950s, and <i>To Sir With Love,</i> of the 1960s: this five-star presentation puts Morgan Freeman (as Joe Louis Clark) in the principal's chair at Eastside High School, where drugs and gang violence are but two of the school's problems that he has to deal with on a daily basis! His nickname of “Crazy Joe” is certainly not unfounded. He has his own, unorthodox way of getting things done. For example: he expels students at will, and fires teachers who do not toe the fine line he has drawn. Yet despite his stern discipline, he starts to win over even the most rebellious of students by being not only the school's principal, but a kind of father figure to them as well! However it is a truism that if one tries to please everyone, <i>somebody</i> isn't going to like it – and he falls foul of a single-mother parent, Leona Barrett (Lynne Thigpen,) whose son has recently been expelled. She rejoices when he is arrested for violating a a city fire-safety law...but don't but don't underestimate the power of a mass gathering of pupils! This is all brilliant stuff, and for most part avoids the cliche situations that this kind of movie usually invokes. The music is by Bill Conti; Oscar winner for “The Right Stuff” of a few years back.
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