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The Ron Clark Story

4.8 out of 5 stars 190 customer reviews

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In an Emmy® and a Golden Globe® Award nominated effort, Matthew Perry (17 Again) delivers a "...tour-de-force performance" (Boston Herald) as real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to his students, Clark must use unconventional methods, including his ground-breaking classroom rules, to drive them toward their greatest potential.

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  • Actors: Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson, Griffin Cork, Jerry Callaghan, James Dugan
  • Directors: Randa Haines
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EJO8KC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ron Clark Story" on IMDb

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 23, 2006
Format: DVD
With education being so very key in determining the path of a child's future, teachers obviously play integral roles as educators, advisors, mentors, and surrogate parents. Ron Clark is an outstanding example of the underappreciated and underpaid teachers who quietly, selflessly ply their trade the world throughout. Ron Clark has garnered national attention for his tireless work with the rural North Carolina and inner city Harlem school systems. He's been invited to the White House on 3 separate instances and has been honored by the President and Mrs. Clinton. He has been on the Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His book The Essential 55, about his classroom rules, is a New York Times Best Seller and has been published in over 25 countries. This Johnson & Johnson-sponsored television movie, shown on TNT, tells his story.

SPOILERS begin: In 1998, teacher Ron Clark (Matthew Perry) leaves rural North Carolina and moves to Harlem, New York to toil in the inner city school system. But he finds it difficult to get a teaching position and must, in the meantime, work as a lowly costumed waiter at a theme restaurant. A door finally opens when a disgruntled teacher quits his job at the Inner Harlem Elementary School. Specializing in raising the standardized test scores of his students, Clark opts to educate the most unruly class of the 6th grade.

Initially, he has a hard time trying to reach his hardbitten kids, suffering their scorn and lack of interest. There are even bets taken by the kids as to how long he'll last. But Clark perseveres, continually asserting his "we are family" creed and enforcing his multiple classroom rules.
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This is a wonderful film. I'm really glad they brought it out on DVD, even though it's already been shown on network television. I love all the extras. My family was glued to the screen watching, even my 5 year old son. (My 9 month old daughter was just sitting, chewing on a cloth. But she did murmur a bit at the rapping.)

I would recommend this for purchase, and rental both. It's truly phenomenal what this teacher can do with these troubled students. I love the fact that they're building a school in his name as well. Fantastic!

MC White said: Totally hip and cool!
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By Becca W. on November 27, 2006
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I've been a social worker for years and when I saw this movie on television I do have to say I had to stop and think for a moment. I know there are great teachers and great social workers, but the story line went along with what I believe: you have to start where they are. If not you are just doing a job and working with children and their families is not just a job because you are in these peoples lives and if you can't find a way to get through you search for a way that you can. I myself during my years of social work found myself after using all the materials where I work had I found myself at book stores, on line researching; anything to help work with the children and their families in order to help not "fix them". I did not think that my job was to fix others and I wasn't satisfied unless the family/child was impacted enough to make a change. I know that not all cases you can make a change, you cannot get through to them but I think it's our responsibity to try and try again. This movie I think showed that we all need a chance and also more chances because inside of us there is a person who has talent, and like the movie we need to show them they have the talent and just to take the time and that they are worth the time to explore their talents and gifts. I apologize for the spelling and grammer mistakes but I jut woke up, sorry about that :) I do think this movie is a must see for anyone!!!!!!
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You may think that caring teachers are in abundance, but believe me, they aren't. As a teacher myself, who also served 2 years in Kazakhstan with the Peace Corps, I've seen more than my fair share of teachers who have simply given up. They have resolved to simply go through the motions and just get through a day. That isn't teaching. It isn't even close to it.

More than ever in our society, we desperately need teachers who care; to take and active interest in kids who feel that they don't matter because nobody cares about them. The scary fact is that the perception of these kids is not often wrong.

And so comes along Ron Clark, a young teacher from North Carolina who finds that New York City is in a desperate need for teachers, particularly in their inner city schools. Most teachers would see this as tantamount to entering a war zone, but Clark sees this as a golden opportunity to do something. He shows up to find that one particular sixth grade class at an elementary school in Harlem has gone through six teachers before the Christmas break. He's offered the honors sixth grade class. Ron wants the troublesome group.

This is an amazing story of how a young teacher was able to not only teach this class of students, but to also establish a connection with them. In short, he had to prove to them that he was going to be there for them no matter what. He proved to them that he cares.

Matthew Perry is obviously well known as Chandler Bing on the hit comedy, "Friends," but few know that he can also be a very good dramatic actor as well. He doesn't play Ron Clark as being too serious, because the real Ron Clark isn't. He plays the part as well as it can be played.
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