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Lean on Me

Lean on Me (1989) (Movie)

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Release Date 3 March 1989
US Box Office $32,000,000 USD
Tagline A true story about a real hero.
Eastside High was out of control...until Joe Clark took it back.
Genre Drama
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Lean on Me is a 1989 American biographical drama film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis Clark, a real life inner city high school principal in Paterson, New Jersey, whose school is at risk of being taken over by the New Jersey state government unless students improve their test scores on the New Jersey Minimum Basic Skills Test. This film's title refers to the 1972 Bill Withers song of the same name, for which the song is used in the film. Parts of the film, including the elementary school scenes, were filmed in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

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