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Lean on Me
★★★☆☆
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This much too celebratory spin on the inspirational-teacher subgenre gives us Morgan Freeman in his first starring role as the controversial high school principal Joe Clark. John G. Avildsen directs in Rocky/Karate Kid mode where his Joe approach might have served the material better. 
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Produced by Norman Twain

Written by Michael Schiffer

With: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North, Lynne Thigpen, Robin Bartlett, Michael Beach, Ethan Phillips, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Sloane Shelton, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Karen Malina White, Karina Arroyave, Ivonne Coll, Regina Taylor, Michael P. Moran, Tony Todd, Mike Starr, Michael Imperioli, and Ahmed Best

Cinematography: Victor Hammer
Editing: John Carter and John G. Avildsen
Music: Bill Conti

Runtime: 108 min
Release Date: 03 March 1989
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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