Lean on Me

Synopsis: An arrogant and unorthodox teacher returns as principal to the idyllic high school from which he had earlier been fired to find it a den of drug abuse, gang violence, and urban despair. Eventually his successful but unorthodox methods lead to a clash with city officials that threatens to undo all his efforts. Based on a true story.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John G. Avildsen
Production: Warner Home Video
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

i thought.

But, well, no, see, now,

actually, they can.


The house passed

a bill last week.

75% of high school


must pass the minimum

basic skills test,

or the state takes control

by the end of the school year.

Well, how many

passed last year?

About 38%.


What in god's name

are they doing

down there

at eastside?

They were

your appointees, don.

Don't try pinning

this on me.


the superintendent

of schools,


Now, look, i'm not

going down the tubes

just because

those kids

can't pass

some test.

It's a can

of worms, don.

The only person

who would take this job

is someone

with nothing to lose

then the question becomes

what would we want with him?

I'm sitting here

racking my brain-

you're sitting there

setting me up.

I know you

like a book.

No, wait a minute.


No, no, no, no, no,

not that nut! No!

No way!

He's the only guy

i can think of.

Oh, lord help us.

Derrick, derrick,

slow down, now.

I am, mr. Clark.

Slow down!

Bye, mr. Clark.

So long, kids.

Hey, joe.

Am i in trouble?

You gotta bring your lawyer?


Joe. Hot

for october.

How's it going

over here?

Ok. Same old,

same old.

What brings you down?

We came from

the mayor's office.

They need a new principal

at eastside high.

Gotta get

those test scores up.

He specifically

thought of you.


Ok. I thought

of you.

All this time

i been stuck down here,

and you ask me now, frank.

I'm not a miracle

worker, joe.


dr. Napier.

Mr. Clark,

the girls

need that room

for baking class.

We continue to find

gum under the desks.

I'll make an announcement

in the morning.

Will that satisfy you?

Mrs. Hamilton, you

know mr. Rosenberg,

the school board


Yes. How are you,

mr. Rosenberg?

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Michael Schiffer

Michael Schiffer is an American screenwriter, video game writer and film producer. Schiffer is known for such films and video games as Colors, Lean on Me, Crimson Tide, The Four Feathers, The Peacemaker and Call of Duty. more…

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