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 High in Paterson, New Jersey. Brought in to save the school, he chained the doors to keep troublemakers out and strivers in. Some parents and teachers fought him. But many kids loved him. He turned the school around and his achievement became a national triumph. Morgan Freeman electrifies as Clark in an extraordinary performance as an extraordinary man. Director John G. Avidsen ensures that Lean on Me, like his Rocky and The Karate Kid, is rousing, crowd-pleasing entertainment.

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Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13

Music/Drama · 1h 49m · 3/3/1989

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Eastside High was out of control...until Joe Clark took it back.

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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 High in Paterson, New Jersey. Brought in to save the school, he chained the doors to keep troublemakers out and strivers in. Some parents and teachers fought him. But many kids loved him. He turned the school around and his achievement became a national triumph. Morgan Freeman electrifies as Clark in an extraordinary performance as an extraordinary man. Director John G. Avidsen ensures that Lean on Me, like his Rocky and The Karate Kid, is rousing, crowd-pleasing entertainment.

Where to Watch

Status

Released

Languages

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Country

United States

Production Companies

Norman Twain Productions, Warner Bros.

Budget

$10,000,000

Revenue

$31,906,454
Cast
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Kisean Blount

Girl in Cafeteria
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Bruce Malmuth

Burger Joint Manager
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Frank Firrito

White Boy/Singer
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Manuel Carneiro

White Boy/Singer
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Steve Adrianzen

White Boy/Singer
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Mushond Lee

Richard Armand (as Steven Lee)
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Ahmed Best

Extra (uncredited)
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Gwyn English Nielsen

Background Teacher (uncredited)
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Gloria Sauve

Reporter (uncredited)
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Morgan Freeman

Principal Joe Clark
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Beverly Todd

Ms. Levias
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Robert Guillaume

Dr. Frank Napier
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Alan North

Mayor Don Bottman
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Lynne Thigpen

Leonna Barrett
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Robin Bartlett

Mrs. Elliott
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Michael Beach

Mr. Darnell
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Ethan Phillips

Mr. Rosenberg
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Sandra Reaves-Phillips

Mrs. Powers
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Sloane Shelton

Mrs. Hamilton
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Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins

Thomas Sams
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Karen Malina White

Kaneesha Carter
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Karina Arroyave

Maria
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Ivonne Coll

Mrs. Santos
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Regina Taylor

Mrs. Carter
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Michael P. Moran

Mr. O'Malley
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John Ring

Fire Chief Gaines
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Tyrone Jackson

Clarence
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Alex Romaguera

Kid Ray
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Tony Todd

Mr. William Wright
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Mike Starr

Mr. Zirella
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Michael Best

The Eastside 'Songbirds'
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Stephen Capers Jr.

The Eastside 'Songbirds'
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Dwayne Jones

The Eastside 'Songbirds'
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Kenneth Kelly

The Eastside 'Songbirds'
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Yvette Hawkins

Mrs. Arthur
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Nicole Quinn

Lillian
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Elsie Hilario

Louisa
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Michael A. Joseph

Brian Banes
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Richard Grusin

Mr. Danley
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Jim Moody

Mr. Lott
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Veniece Ross

Sally
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Raúl González

Ramon
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Luz Tolentino

Conchita
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Andre Howell

Reggie
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Nancy Gathers

Tanya
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Corey Ginn

Charles Yale
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Marina Durell

Miss Ruiz
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Nathalee Fairmon

Nathalee
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Hershel Slappy

Rev. Slappy
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Todd Alexander

Derrick
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Anthony Figueroa

Hoodlum at Microphone
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Delilah Cotto

Chita
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Frances Sousa

Francesca
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Lynda La Vergne

Student
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Robert Kamlot

Photographer
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Linda M. Salgado

Linda
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Markus Toure Boddie

Markus
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Ashon Curvy

Ashon
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Michael Imperioli

George
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Marcella Lowery

Mrs. Richards
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Jennifer McComb

Ellen
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Knowl Johnson

Tommy
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Anthony G. Avildsen

Anthony
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Pat McNamara

Police Officer
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Harry Madsen

Teacher in Cafeteria
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Heather Rose Dominic

Stacey
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Mario Biazzo

Student in Cafeteria
Crew
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John G. Avildsen

Director
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Michael Schiffer

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Lean on Me

(DVD, Snapper)

10/20/1998

Disc Title Front Cover

Lean On Me

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

2/2/2010

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