Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13   |    |  Drama


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The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.


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25 November 2000 | tfrizzell
Morgan Freeman Dominates the Action From Start to Finish
Good film about a high school principal in New Jersey (Morgan Freeman) who will stop at nothing to make the school the best it can be. This film is based on a true story, but it never does come through as well as it could have. Freeman dominates the action, but everyone else just seems to be going through the motions. A few people have their moments, but Freeman's dynamite performance overshadows everyone else. These are both the strong and weak points of "Lean on Me". John G. Avildsen once again proves that he has trouble with his direction. The screenplay though is the real culprit, as it is just not as smart and intriguing as it could have been. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Release Date:

3 March 1989

Language

English, Spanish, Portuguese


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Eastside High School, Paterson, New Jersey, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,032,605 5 March 1989

Gross USA:

$31,906,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,906,454

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