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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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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

President Chester A. Arthur's name was misspelled as "Chester Alan Arther" on the board listing the names of the Presidents. See more »

Quotes

Marissa Vega: You got a job!
Ron Clark: Inner Harlem elementary. I'm gonna start meeting my kids tomorrow.
Marissa Vega: You might wanna hold on to this. It may be your last meal.
Ron Clark: Nah. They're gonna love me.
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Connections

References According to Jim (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Presidents' Rap
(uncredited)
Performed by Matthew Perry and the School Children
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The Ron Clark Story
13 August 2006 | by HalfpintTPSee all my reviews

I felt like The Ron Clark Story gives its audience hope for a better tomorrow, if we would only step out on faith. Mr. Perry does a great job telling the story of Ron Clark and his relationship with the students. Mr. Hudson gives the audience a honest view of how so many of us tend to give up when we feel beat down by the system, but Perry is the angel that saves not only the kids in his class but the parents, as well. Every child should be required to watch this movie for inspiration and hope for better tomorrows. Bravo to the network, writers, producers and actors in this movie! Thanks for inspiring me and my family to step out on faith and help others who may seem to have given up.


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