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Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13
108 min | Drama

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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$ 10,000,000
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$ 5,000,000
Gross (USA)
$ 31,906,454
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Release date
Mar 3, 1989 (United States)

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Morgan Freeman
Principal Joe Clark Principal Joe Clark   See fewer
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Beverly Todd
Ms. Levias Ms. Levias   See fewer
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Robert Guillaume
Dr. Frank Napier Dr. Frank Napier   See fewer
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Alan North
Mayor Don Bottman Mayor Don Bottman   See fewer
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Lynne Thigpen
Leonna Barrett Leonna Barrett   See fewer
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Robin Bartlett
Mrs. Elliott Mrs. Elliott   See fewer
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Michael Beach
Mr. Darnell Mr. Darnell   See fewer
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Ethan Phillips
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Sandra Reaves-Phillips
Mrs. Powers Mrs. Powers   See fewer
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Sloane Shelton
Mrs. Hamilton Mrs. Hamilton   See fewer
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Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
Thomas Sams Thomas Sams   See fewer
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Karen Malina White
Kaneesha Carter Kaneesha Carter   See fewer
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Ivonne Coll
Mrs. Santos Mrs. Santos   See fewer
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Regina Taylor
Mrs. Carter Mrs. Carter   See fewer
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Michael P. Moran
Mr. O'Malley Mr. O'Malley   See fewer
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John Ring
Fire Chief Gaines Fire Chief Gaines   See fewer
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Tyrone Jackson
Clarence Clarence   See fewer
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Alex Romaguera
Kid Ray Kid Ray   See fewer
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Tony Todd
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Mike Starr
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Michael Best
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Stephen Capers Jr.
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Dwayne Jones
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Kenneth Kelly
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Yvette Hawkins
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Nicole Quinn
Lillian Lillian   See fewer
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Elsie Hilario
Louisa Louisa   See fewer
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Michael A. Joseph
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Richard Grusin
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Johanna Tolentino
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Marcella Lowery
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Pat McNamara
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Harry Madsen
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Mario Biazzo
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Manuel Carneiro
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7.4 / 10 | 16,230 votes