“This is an institution of learning, ladies and gentlemen. If you can’t control it, how can you teach? Discipline is not the enemy of enthusiasm! ” – Joe Clark
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Cable in the late-80’s/ early 90’s, video, 16 Sep 2008 and 15 Jun 2016)
Brief Synopsis – An eccentric teacher is given the position of principal in a troubled school in order to clean it up and raise the academic standards of the underachieving student body.
My Take on it – I have always loved this movie even since I saw it as a teenager.
I always wished that I had had teachers and a principal who could inspire me like the characters here are able to find new and interesting ways to give hope to the futures of their students and community.
My school was nowhere near as rough or dangerous as the one here but it’s easy to see the building blocks to an amazing teacher-student relationship being played out in this film.
Morgan Freeman is great as the principal with eccentric methods and it’s nice to see his methods put to work.
The ending of this movie always brings me to tears because it is so emotionally fulfilling to watch it.
The fact that this is based on a true story with a lot of leeway doesn’t bother me at all because I know that it’s quite difficult to follow a real story 100% all the time.
Bottom Line -Great movie that shows how a teacher can care for children in order to better their lives and the community at large. Freeman is amazing as Joe Clark. His methods may seem harsh but they seem to be quite effective. The connection created between the teachers and students is quite emotionally moving and the ending always brings me to tears. The lack of it all being 100% true doesn’t bother me at all because it’s Hollywood. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In one scene (while holding a baseball bat), Morgan Freeman says “They used to call me Crazy Joe. Well now they can call me Batman!” Years later Freeman would play the character of Lucius Fox, ally to Batman, in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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