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Lean On Me is a movie Very Loosely Based on a True Story about a tough new school All of the students do this repeatedly towards Berlett for jailing Clark, but she's too determined to shut up. Your life hasn't made one bit of difference!. Lean on Me is a 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 The film ends with the senior students graduating high school and Clark handing them their. Lean on Me () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more nurturing relationship with his students to try to bring this about, while battling alienated staff and.
Hear what I'm saying?
You'll be dead in a year! Well what about three hundred? Rotten to the core! We sink, we swim, we rise, we fall- we meet our fate together! You will scour this building clean. Any graffiti that goes up, comes off the next day.
Detention students can help you. Let them scrub this place for a while, discover what a fine living you make doing this. And tear down those cages in the cafeteria! If we treat our students like animals, that's exactly how they'll behave! As an example of how not to dress.
Now if you look like this when you look in your mirrors in the morning, find something else to put on. Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.
If you don't have it for yourself, you're not gonna get it from anywhere. This is Joe Clark! Get those chains off the doors, the enemy's here!
Frank Napier[ edit ] [to Joe] All your shit comes down on my head. It's like you're a big bird with radar. And I'm tired of getting a hit! The truth is that for all your talking, all your 'Crazy Joe' routine, what have you ever done? You're nothing but an insignificant man. It's like you were never born. Your life hasn't made one bit of difference, and neither has mine! Wanna take that to the grave? Dialogue[ edit ] Joe Clark: You think you can run this school?
No one talks in my meetings. Take out your pencils and write. I want the names of every hoodlum, drug dealer, and miscreant who's done nothing but take this place apart on my desk by noon today. Graffiti goes up is off the next day. Let them scrub this place for awhile, and tear down those cages in the cafeteria. You treat them like animals, that's exactly how they'll behave!
This is my new Dean of Security, Mr. He will be my Avenging Angel, as you teachers reclaim the halls. This is an institution of learning, ladies and gentlemen. Zorella, you are now my new Head Football Coach.
Because I'm sick and tired of our football team getting pushed all over the field. Darnell, you can quit. Same goes for the rest of ya. You tried it your way for years. And your students can't even get past the Minimum Basic Skills Test. They've given me less than one year, one school year to turn this place around, to get those test scores up, so the state will not take us over to perform the tasks which you have failed to do!
Forget about the way it used to be. This is not a damn democracy. We are in a state of emergency and my word is law.
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There's only one boss in this place, and that's me - the "HNIC. Head nigga in charge. Frank Napier holding the newspaper: You see this yet? You know all my shit comes down on my head. Oh Frank, look- Dr. No, let me talk. It's like you're a big bird on my radar, and I'm tired of getting a hit. Is this my fault? I've got Union Lawyers threatening me and his talk of his walkout.
They're not teaching down there anyway! Then it's your job not- Joe Clark: Samaram has a personal stake in that school Frank, not one. The Fire Chief was just here, he says it's illegal to bar those doors. Barrett is organizing a parent's group to try to get you removed, since you insulted them at that meeting the other night when you just rested that they "get off welfare".
Oh, I just- Dr. Cause the fact is quite a few of them need it. I wasn't talking to all of them, Frank. Now look, you came and recruited me, man.
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You disappoint me brother, you disappoint me. The disappointment here is you! Look, you know who I am. You know me 30 years, you knew what I would do!
You know how I'm ready. The fact is you're screwing up. Look at you; you have no life, your wife left you! I oughta walk out on you myself! Bail the hell on out! But I said I would back you up! That's what you said, Frank! That's what you said! Brother, I will go through the But you are not taking care of business! This shit you're pulling now, is just gone plain loco! And you suspend Darnell, what the hell was that? Darnell is symptomatic of the disciplinary problems that we have in this entire- Dr.
He is a good, strong, young black teacher! So, he, dumped that desk right on top of your head, well right on! You will reinstate that man, you hear? Because she didn't want to kiss your ass, well I wouldn't either, how about that?! Elliot has an ego problem!
Yeah, well, you lost the best teacher we had. We couldn't get her back now if we wanted to. I don't have time for Mrs. You better make time! We are being crucified by a process that is turning blacks into a permanent underclass here, Frank. Napier turns away] Joe Clark: Nobody wants to talk about that. Elliott's missionary zeal about Mozart has nothing to do with our problem.
What good is Mozart going to do a bunch of children who can't go out and get a job?! Joe, your personal battles are gonna cost us the war. Worry about the test scores. What the hell you think I'm worried about, Frank?! Debate is over; you will write a formal apology! For your treatment of Mrs. Elliott and Darnell and for your vicious and thoughtless insults to the women of this community! You will kowtow, you will step and fetch!
Frank, if you think- Dr. Get used to it, it's the way of the world! If you're so hot on discipline, then goddamn it Because contrary to popular opinion, I'm the head nigga in charge! Now let me tell you something. The trouble of being a teenager is you don't know nothing. The problem with teenagers is you think you're smarter than people who already been down the road you're traveling. You know what I'm tryin' to say to you, boy? Did you tell your father I threw you out of school?
Afraid of what he's gonna say to you, aren't ya? My father doesn't live with us anymore, sir. Oh, is that what you're doing now? Going around, feeling sorry for yourself, boy? You're wasting my time! I have to get back to school. I can't go home and tell my mama I got kick out of school.
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Now why should I let you back into my school, Sams? By doin' my work. And stayin' out of trouble. What have you been thinking about all this time? Why should I believe you now? I don't believe you, Sams. I don't think you changed a thing. You smoke crack, don't ya? Don't you smoke crack? You know what that does to you? It kill your brain cells!
Now when you're destroying your brain cells, your doing the same thing as killing yourself. You just doing it slower! Now, when I say if wanna kill yourself, don't fuck around with it. Go on and do it expeditiously! Now go on and jump! I don't wanna kill myself, sir! You're quite sure about this, are you? I'll tell you what I gonna do: I'm gonna go back on my own word just this once and let you back into my school, because you're still a baby and you don't know shit.
But you understand this, boy: You're not gonna get a moment's rest. I'm gonna be on your case every minute. You mess up just once and your outta here. Now you understand me? Do you understand me? I would love to chat, Mr. Clark, but I have a concert next week in New York and I would like to be prepared.
You do know what that means. It means capable, ready, and up to your job. The one at Lincoln Center. We do it every year. Your concert is cancelled.
You do know what cancelled means, don't you Mrs. These children have worked too hard! And for not telling me for one thing! I filed a form in your office! Why don't you talk to And for RANK insubordination! You've questioned my judgement, my intelligence! You're the one that comes around here to bother me! You're a bully, and a despicable man!
I have nothing to say to you! Alright, let's just accommodate that, Mrs. You need a psychiatrist! Clark, just what was that all about? I distinctly said, "No one move, during the singing of the school song".
Now, if you can't understand that, find yourself another place to work! I was picking up a piece of paper! You're contradicting me in front of my students.
They're my students, too! They are my students, Mr.
Just what are you trying to prove? I'm working my ass off of you, took the demotion and I'm doin' my job! You're just getting your rocks off for treating me like trash! No sir, that's what you were picking up. You give me the goddamn respect you would damn well want yourself, or I will kick your black ass! You are suspended sir, as of right now! Darnell yells out of frustration and upturns Mr.
They stare at each other briefly, then Mr. Darnell angrily storms out of the room] [Clark looks at the boys' restroom, suspects Sams is hiding something] Joe Clark: Let's see what you got in here.
You don't want to go in there Mr. As a reporter for the Record of Hackensack, N. I chronicled Clark's first 10 months at Eastside High in a part series and followed the school's progress after that. It is hard to see why the film makers chose to distort events that brought Clark such attention and put him on the cover of Time magazine.
The distortions in "Lean on Me" start to roll even before the opening credits. We are told it is We watch Clark, dressed in a bright tunic, teach history to an Eastside class of eager white students. It seems Clark has radical views; he is exiled to School No. Twenty years later--in Clark is appointed principal of Eastside, now a mostly black school that looks like a bomb exploded on top of it.
Surprising as it may seem, none of that is true. Clark said that he didn't get to Eastside until The subject was remedial reading, and his students were mostly black. Even if it had beenthere would have been many black students. InClark became principal of School No.
Ninety percent of the school's 1, students--mostly poor blacks and Latinos--read below grade level when Clark arrived on the scene. Bythe school was so much better that Clark was quietly hailed as a miracle man. That year he was dispatched to work his magic at Eastside High.
The factual errors--large and small--go on. Clark did lock the school's 27 doors to keep out drug pushers, but he removed the chains after the city went to court to force him to do so.