The Ron Clark Story
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|The Ron Clark Story|
The Ron Clark Story
|Directed by||Randa Haines|
|Music by||Mark Adler|
|Release date||January 13, 2006|
|Running time||96 minutes|
The Ron Clark Story (also known as The Triumph in Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Philippines) is a 2006 television film, starring Matthew Perry, that premiered on TNT on Sunday, August 13, 2006. Based on the real educator Ron Clark, it centers on the title character (Perry), a white teacher from a small town, who moves to New York City and tries to make a difference in the lives of his minority students despite nobody, including the students themselves, believing in them. The film was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.
The film received largely positive reviews, with particular praise going to Perry's portrayal. It was nominated for three 2007 Emmy Awards, including "Outstanding Made For Television Movie", "Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special" and "Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie" for Perry. Additionally, Perry was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for "Best Actor".
The Ron Clark Story follows the inspiring tale of an energetic, creative and idealistic young teacher who leaves his small North Carolina hometown to teach in a New York City public school. Through his passionate use of special rules for his classroom, highly innovative teaching techniques and an undying devotion to his students and helping them cope with their problems, Clark is able to make a remarkable difference in the lives of his students. For one young girl trying to attend school while helping to raise her 3 kids, he offers a chance for her to overcome her situation and become the top student of the class. For a young man with a penchant for graffiti, he offers an ideal outlet for artistic expression. Even when he is almost overcome by pneumonia, Clark continues to work with his students, hoping that he can raise their test scores to an acceptable level, or possibly even higher.
However, when Clark returns, he finds out his class did not deliver the goods but he remains optimistic about their chances. The kids sit in the state exams and a few weeks later, Clark takes the kids to see The Phantom of the Opera. In the end, Principal Turner reveals that Mr. Clark's class got the highest average (they got a higher score than the honor class) in the school and Clark was regarded by his students as their best teacher.
- Matthew Perry as Ron Clark
- Brandon Mychal Smith as Tayshawn
- Hannah Hodson as Shameika
- Micah Stephen Williams as Julio
- Ernie Hudson as Principal Turner
- Melissa De Sousa as Marissa Vega
- Patricia Idlette as Devina
- Jerry Callaghan as Ron Clark Sr.
- Marty Antonini as Howard
- Baljeet Balagun as Badriyah's Father
- Patricia Benedict as Jean Clark
- Judith Buchan as Snowden School Principal
- Candus Churchill as Doretha Wallace
- Griffin Cork as Hadley
- Pamela Crawford as Ms. Benton
- Isabelle Deluce as Alita Sanchez
- James Dugan as Mr. Lively
- Bren Eastcott as Badriyah
- Domarley Howell as Amanda
- Lashonda Mitchell as Raquel
Awards and nominations
In December 2006, Matthew Perry, who plays Ron Clark, was nominated for the Best Actor Golden Globe and again at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to Mr. Perry’s nods, the film was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Director Randa Haines, a WGA Award for Writers Max Enscoe and Annie de Young, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Executive Producers Howard Burkons and Brenda Friend.
On November 30, 2006, the Family Television Awards honored TNT and Ms. Friend and Mr. Burkons for producing the “Best TV Movie/Drama for 2006.” On March 10, 2007, the 28th Annual Young Artists Association honored the film as the “Best Family Television Movie or Special,” and gave Hannah Hodson the award for “Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) Leading Young Actress."
On March 15, 2007, the film received the prestigious Christopher Award for TV and Cable. Among the filmmakers recognized for their work were Director Randa Haines, Writers Max Enscoe and Annie de Young, and Executive Producers Howard Burkons and Brenda Friend.
In July 2007, it was nominated for three Emmy Awards; Gary M. Zuckerbrod, Lonnie Hamerman, Bonnie Finnegan, Rhonda Fisekci, and Candice Elzinga for Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special, Matthew Perry for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie, and Executive Producers Howard Burkons, Brenda Friend, Adam Gilad, Sunta Izzcupo, Jody Brockway, and Producer Craig McNeill for Outstanding Made For Television Movie.