The film is about a ruthless teacher who is assigned to become the principal of a decaying inner-city school.
‘Lean on Me’ is a 1989 American biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. It was written by Michael Schiffer and directed by John G. Avildsen. It is based on the true story of Joe Louis Clark, a real-life inner-city high school principal in Paterson, New Jersey, whose school faces state government receivership unless students improve their test scores on the New Jersey Minimum Basic Skills Test. The title of this film is a reference to the song of the same name by Bill Withers, which is featured in the film. Parts of the movie were shot in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, including the primary school scenes.
‘Lean on Me’ is about to arrive on Netflix on June 1st.
When an arrogant and unconventional teacher returns as principal to the idyllic high school where he had previously been fired, he discovers it has become a nest of drug abuse, gang violence, and urban despair. He eventually succeeds, but his unconventional techniques result in a clash with city officials, which threatens to ruin all of his work. Based on a true story.
Morgan Freeman as Joe Louis Clark. Morgan played the role of a former teacher at Eastside High, who was appointed as the new principal. As an administrator, he shoots first and doesn't ask questions afterwards: He's sort of the Dirty Harry of the Paterson, N.J., educational system.
Other major cast members are Beverly Todd as Mrs Joan Levias, Alan North as Mayor Don Bottman, and Robert Guillaume as Dr Frank Napier.
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