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The Ron Clark Story (2006)

A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Ron Clark
Judith Buchan Judith Buchan ... Snowden School Principal
Griffin Cork ... Hadley
Jerry Callaghan Jerry Callaghan ... Ron Clark Sr.
James Dugan James Dugan ... Mr. Lively
Patricia Benedict Patricia Benedict ... Jean Clark
C.J. Jackman-Zigante ... Y'landa
Pete Seadon ... Harried Principal
Melissa De Sousa ... Marissa Vega
Aaron Grain ... Jason
Brandon Mychal Smith ... Tayshawn
Gerrick Winston Gerrick Winston ... Mr. Solis
Ernie Hudson ... Principal Turner
Jacey Mah Jacey Mah ... Ms Hill (as Jacey Ma)
Marty Ronaghan Marty Ronaghan ... Jackie Vasquez
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Storyline

1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on ... Written by Huggo

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No one believed in them. Except him.

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

TNT [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ron Clark Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ernie Hudson, who plays Principal Turner, also played a school principal in the 1996 film The Substitute (1996). See more »

Goofs

The position of Ron's umbrella while talking to Marissa outside the state building. See more »

Quotes

Principal Turner: These kids are at the bottom of the barrel.
Ron Clark: Don't talk about them like that.
Principal Turner: Now all I'm asking is for your students to pass.
Ron Clark: Oh every one of my students will pass.
Principal Turner: [inaudible, students commenting outside office] They can become someone else's problem.
Ron Clark: The problem isn't the kids. It's not even what they can achieve. The problem is what you expect them to achieve. You are setting the bar here. Why? Set it up here! They can make it.
Principal Turner: This community judges us by scores. Government funding judges us ...
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Connections

Featured in The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Presidents' Rap
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Performed by Matthew Perry and the School Children
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A great performance for Matthew Perry.
13 August 2006 | by astros022See all my reviews

I have to say that I had seen the previews for this movie for about a week and couldn't wait to see it. After seeing it I was Amazed at the whole story. Matthew Perry has been a favorite actor of mine for a long time, I was absolutely blown away at his portrayal of Ron Clark, I have always considered Matthew Perry to be a very talented actor but this role was and probably will be the greatest performance of his career. I have to say that the story line is one that we hear about everyday, but when you actually see it brought to light it doesn't hit you. I like that they didn't delve into every little detail, they hit the major parts instead of dragging every detail of his life into this film. I also like that they show you how hard that he had to work to get these kids to open up to him and the parents also. They showed the good and the bad.I like that he wasn't just into it for the test scores, he is in it for the students and their future. If we had more teachers like him in our school systems we would be so much better off. I hope that they release it on DVD because it is a movie that everyone should have in their collection at home.I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.


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