Lean on Me

Lean on Me (1989)

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Other mistake: When Mrs. Barrett spoke out at the parent's meeting after the expulsion of the bad kids, she shouted out 'he insulted the black football coach'. Joe Clark insulted him at a staff meeting, and she wasn't there. How could she have possibly known about it?

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Suggested correction: Because Clark demoted a black coach and replaced him with a white coach. Some black people would consider that an insult.

lartaker1975

Continuity mistake: When Joe Clark is having his talk with Sams on the edge of the roof of the school, Sams is on the right and Clark is on the left (when viewed from the ground). When they're done talking, Sams turns to his left and walks away - turning to his left would have made him fall off the roof after just a few steps.

Matty Blast

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Trivia: Although in real life Principal Joe Clark improved the discipline problems at Eastside High School, he did not, contrary to what the film has you believe, improve the academics in any meaningful way. Although test scores improved very slightly his first couple of years as principal (partly due to the fact that he expelled so many bad students) from 1986 to 1988, during his time as principal, Eastside High School had the lowest state exam passage rates in all of New Jersey. One of these years in particular, under Clark's tenure, Eastside High's passage rate was as low as 24.1%.

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Question: At the end after Clark tells the Mayor the state can go to Hell, it seems like there was a cut scene. Clark tells the students that he was not going anywhere. They then show scattered cheering before Clark ask the students, "Are you ready, maestro?" without any lead-in. Was there a deleted scene to describe what appears to be this gap?

lartaker1975

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