The Ron Clark Story

The Ron Clark Story (also known as The Triumph) is a 2006 television film starring Matthew Perry. The film is based on the real-life educator Ron Clark. It follows the tale of an idealistic teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in a New York City public school, where he faces trouble with the students. The film was directed by Randa Haines, and was released directly on television. The film premiered on TNT on August 13, 2006.

The Ron Clark Story
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Written by
  • Annie deYoung
  • Max Enscoe
Directed byRanda Haines
StarringMatthew Perry
Ernie Hudson
Theme music composerMark Adler
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
  • Jody Brockway
  • Howard Burkons
  • Tom Cox
  • Brenda Friend
  • Adam Gilad
  • Paul Jackson
  • Craig McNeil
  • Murray Ord
  • Jordy Randall
CinematographyDerick Underschultz
EditorHeather Persons
Running time96 minutes
Production companiesOld Beantown Films
Granada America
MAGNA Global Entertainment
TNT Original Production
Original networkTNT
Original release
  • August 13, 2006 (2006-08-13)


In 1998, Ron Clark leaves his teaching at an elementary school in his North Carolina hometown, where he is known for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. He decides to look for a teaching job in a tough New York inner city school where he feels he could be more useful. He finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are sorted according to their potential.

The principal of the school believes Clark may be too "nice-looking," to take on the rough, disruptive students in a sixth-grade class that has just been abandoned by their teacher. He offers Clark a third-grade class, but Clark insists on taking the older kids that nobody else wants. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his students to see who can outlast the other. He struggles to understand them, both individually and collectively, before he can teach them the standardized materials.




Association Category Recipient Result Ref
AMPIA Awards Best Costume Designer Christine Thomson Won [1]
American Cinema Editors Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Commercial Television Heather Persons Nominated
Casting Society of America Best Movie of the Week Casting Gary M. Zuckerbrod
Bonnie Finnegan
Christopher Awards Television Howard Burkons
Brenda Friend
Randa Haines
Max Enscoe
Annie DeYoung
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Picture Made for Television The Ron Clark Story Nominated
Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television Randa Haines Nominated
Family Film Awards Best TV Movie/Drama Howard Burkons
Brenda Friend
Gold Derby Awards TV movie/Mini Lead Actor Matthew Perry Won
TV movie/Mini Lead Actor of the Decade Matthew Perry Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Matthew Perry Nominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing in Music for Television – Long Form Joanie Diener Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards Best Actor – Drama Ernie Hudson Nominated
OFTA Television Awards Best Motion Picture The Ron Clark Story Nominated
Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Matthew Perry Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie The Ron Clark Story Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Matthew Perry Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Gary M. Zuckerbrod
Lonnie Maherman
Bonnie Finnegan
Rhonda Fisekci
Candice Elzinga
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Matthew Perry Nominated
Writers Guild of America Long Form — Original Max Enscoe
Annie DeYoung
Young Artist Awards Best Family Television Movie or Special The Ron Clark Story Won
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Hannah Hodson Won
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Brandon Mychal Smith Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Micah Williams Nominated


  1. ^ The Ron Clark Story, retrieved 2018-10-30

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