Stand and Deliver/Lean on Me

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by Audrey H. on 2/20/2008

I am so much a lover of true classic movies, hence I urge everyone to get a copy . No matter how many times you watch this, you'll be glued to the tv set at all times.

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Artist: John G. Avildsen Ramon Menendez Edward James Olmos Lou Diamond Phillips Morgan Freeman Andy Garcia. Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1. Attribute: Closed Captioned Color Soundtrack English Widescreen. Format: DVD. General Subject: Feature Film Drama. Language: English. Rating: PG13 (Parental Guidance 13+). Region Code: 1. Release Date: 1/2/2007.


Studio Warner
SKU 203391263
UPC 012569837706
UPC 14 00012569837706
Format DVD
Release Date 1/29/2008
Rating Rating
Campus Life
Social Issues
True Story
Editors Note
Note STAND AND DELIVER: In this true story, a class not expected to exceed beyond basic arithmetic make academic history, thanks to an inspirational teacher, by achieving record high scores in the state's Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. ^LEAN ON ME: Based on actual events, director John G. Avildsen's LEAN ON ME tells the story of Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman), a tough and radical disciplinarian hired to save the worst school in Paterson, New Jersey. The once exemplary Eastside High School is now failing miserably. Graffiti lines the halls, gangs and drugs rule, and teachers and students live in perpetual fear. In one school year, Clark is challenged to turn the snake pit of a school into a halfway civilized place of learning, populated by decent students. To make sure his students pass a basic proficiency exam, Clark resorts to what some believe to be questionable methods--including wandering the halls threateningly with a baseball bat--to restore order to his school. Clark's extreme tactics also include firing teachers for talking back, forcing students to sing the school song on demand, and locking out students known to be drug dealers. Freeman delivers an astonishing performance as the tough-as-nails principal who became a national hero and symbol for tough-love education.
John G. Avildsen
Ramon Menendez
Morgan Freeman
Andy Garcia
Lou Diamond Phillips
Edward James Olmos
Cast & Crew
Alan North - [Lean] Actor
Beverly Todd - [Lean] Actor
Edward James Olmos - [Stand] Actor
Estelle Harris - [Stand] Actor
John G. Avildsen - [Lean] Director
Lou Diamond Phillips - [Stand] Actor
Mark Phelan - [Stand] Actor
Morgan Freeman - [Lean] Actor
Ramon Menendez - [Stand] Director
Robert Guillaume - [Lean] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 83770
UPC 00012569837706
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Winner (1991) Image Award, Morgan Freeman, [Lean] Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Lean on Me, [Lean] Outstanding Motion Picture
Nominee (1989) Golden Globe, Lou Diamond Phillips, [Stand] Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Edward James Olmos, [Stand] Best Actor in a Leading Role
Winner (1989) Independent Spirit, Ramon Menendez, [Stand] Best Director,Independent Spirit, Tom Musca, [Stand] Best Feature,Independent Spirit, Edward James Olmos, [Stand] Best Male Lead
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review [Lean] "Lean on Me," the new film about a real-life principal who brings a Paterson, N.J., high school back to life, is some sort of definitive exercise in cinematic uplift. It's such a bandwagon-load of good vibes that you almost feel guilty for not climbing aboard -- the kind of movie that makes you feel like a degenerate for not wanting to be jerked around...Besides, Avildsen has made this movie before. "Lean on Me" is nothing more than "Rocky" with report cards...The picture's climactic scene even takes place at the top of a big flight of steps. But at the moment of triumph, this "Rocky" doesn't raise his hands above his head -- the filmmakers have done it for him.
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review [Stand] "Stand and Deliver" is a rousing, real-life underdog drama -- "Hoosiers" with logarithms. This time the Cinderella story is set at a high school in East Los Angeles; the hero is a driven, Bolivian-born teacher; and the players are remedial mathematicians who triumph over calculus...Olmos is absorbing as Escalante, whose determination is larger than life even though the man isn't. He's almost too human, a pudge whose chest shows through where the buttons gape -- a former computer nerd with the nerve of Zorro. As the chief troublemaker, Phillips lends the stardust. Slouched at his desk, his legs stretched out, he oozes the bravado that adolescents mistake for confidence. But under the machismo, Escalante finds the perennial schoolboy.
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
At-A-Glance Film Reviews [Lean] ...the definitive inner city school picture...Freeman turns in a spectacular performance...
Christopher Null, [Stand] ...Olmos turns in his most famous performance in this feel-good classic.
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews [Lean] Freeman goes for the gusto and pulls it off...
George Chabot, [Stand] The real key to this film's excellence is the character development and the story, which is first class.

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