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Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | | Drama | 11 March 1988 (USA)
The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

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(as Ramon Menendez)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cop
Virginia Paris ...
Eliot ...
Tito (as Mark Eliot)
Adelaida Alvarez ...
Sexy Girl
Will Gotay ...
Patrick Baca ...
Javier
Ingrid Oliu ...
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Molina
Richard Martinez ...
Heavy Metal Boy
Mark Everett ...
Heavy Metal Boy
Tyde Kierney ...
Joe Goodell
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Fabiola Escalante (as Rosana De Soto)
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Fernando Escalante
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Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a Hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods help gang members and no-hopers pass the rigorous Advanced Placement exam in calculus. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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At a tough school, someone had to take a stand...and someone did. Together, one teacher and one class proved to America they could...Stand and Deliver. See more »

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11 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Walking on Water  »

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Opening Weekend:

$411,884 (USA) (13 March 1988)

Gross:

$13,994,920 (USA)
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Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in December 2011 as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." See more »

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One of the students, while talking with Mr. Escalante outside, is holding a can of Diet Pepsi bearing the logo introduced in 1985, three years later then the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

Jaime Escalante: ...Did you know that neither the Greeks nor the Romans were capable of using the concept of zero? It was your ancestors, the Mayans, who first contemplated the zero. The absence of value. True story. You *burros* have math in your blood... A negative times a negative equals a positive. Why?
[the whole class looks at him blankly; he sighs deeply and shakes his head]
Jaime Escalante: We're gonna need a lot of Kleenexes - there's gonna be a lot of bloodshed.
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: O.T.: The Outside Toilet (2013) See more »

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Psycho Cha-Cha
Lyrics & Music by Willie Herron (as W. Herrón)
Performed by Los Illegals
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Edward James Olmos delivers!
7 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I know, there are a million movies made like this. The story about a teacher handling tough students has been told quite some times. "Dangerous Minds", To Sir, With Love", "The Substitute"-movies, "The Principal",... The stories often look a lot like each other and "Stand and Deliver" isn't any different, but that doesn't bother. This is a fine movie!

I don't know if Edward James Olmos' Academy Award nomination was a big surprise at the Oscars or if his performance was indeed one of the 5 best performances of 1988, but I can only confirm that he gave a great performance. Funny, smart and touching as well. I think all the students were great as well, even so I didn't knew any of them, except from Lou Diamond Philips of course.

"Stand and Deliver" might not be the most original movie ever made, but that doesn't change the fact that it's highly enjoyable to watch. The story is good and the performances are great. Nor melodramatic, neither comic, just excellent Saturday night entertainment without being cheap. Worth watching!

8/10


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