The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve.
Release Year: 1989
Rating: 7.1/10 (8,721 voted)
John G. Avildsen
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume
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.
Principal Joe Clark
Dr. Frank Napier
Mayor Don Bottman
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
Karen Malina White
A true story about a real hero.
Release Date: 3 March 1989
Filming Locations: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Did You Know?
Morgan Freeman spent time with the real-life Joe Clark to capture his mannerisms and sayings.
The practice exam booklet reads "New Jersey Minimun Basic Skills Tests"…probably the last place the school board (or the film's producers) would want a spelling error.
[after asking teachers to put up their hands]
Because you are failing to educate them, this is the posture that many of our students will wind up in. Only they'll be staring down the barrel of a gun!
One of the most inspiring movies i've seen….
I recently rented this movie because I am a huge Morgan Freeman fan,
and I was amazed at how inspiring it was. Freeman is truly amazing in
this movie. He is perfect for this strong part of principal at Eastside
High. His disciplined yet loving authority was fun to watch. Also in
the cast, Mr Darnell(Michael Beach) and Dr. Frank Napier(Robert
Guillaume) along with Joe Clark(Morgan Freeman) were probably the most
dominant actors. There was also a great supporting cast as listed
above. Mayor Don Bottman(Alan North) played the perfect power hungry
politician for this movie.
I would recommend this movie to anyone out there. I truly believe it
belongs in the top 250.