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Stand and Deliver (1988)

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The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Jaime Escalante
Estelle Harris ... Secretary
Mark Phelan ... Cop
Virginia Paris Virginia Paris ... Raquel Ortega
Eliot Eliot ... Tito (as Mark Eliot)
Adelaida Alvarez Adelaida Alvarez ... Sexy Girl
Will Gotay Will Gotay ... Pancho
Patrick Baca Patrick Baca ... Javier
Ingrid Oliu Ingrid Oliu ... Lupe
Carmen Argenziano ... Molina
Richard Martinez Richard Martinez ... Heavy Metal Boy
Mark Everett Mark Everett ... Heavy Metal Boy
Tyde Kierney Tyde Kierney ... Joe Goodell
Rosanna DeSoto ... Fabiola Escalante (as Rosana De Soto)
Bodie Olmos ... Fernando Escalante
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Storyline

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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In 1982, a new troublemaker hit Garfield High. He was tough. He was wild. He was willing to fight. He was the new math teacher. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walking on Water See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$411,884, 13 March 1988

Gross USA:

$13,994,920
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jaime Escalante's son Fernando was played by Edward James Olmos' real-life son Bodie Olmos. See more »

Goofs

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 than the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

Ana: [She returns to school, and while standing in the doorway, answers the Algebra question that has stumped the whole class up until now] X is Juan's girlfriends, 5X is Carlos's girlfriends, X-1 is Pedro's girlfriends. X plus 5X plus X-1 equals 20. X equals 3.
[Enters the class to applause]
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Hot Cocoa Bang Bang (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

El Lay
Lyrics by Willie Herron (as W. Herrón) & Gronk
Performed by Los Illegals
Courtesy of A&M Records
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One of the best in the genre of teacher films.
9 May 2000 | by santa_vacaSee all my reviews

There are many films about teachers breaking through to tough students. Many are trite, sappy and formula-written. This is one of the few truly powerful films in this genre. Every member of the cast gives an incredible performance. This is particularly true of the students. Adult writers in this genre usually fail to write convincing adolescent dialogue, but the students in this film talked and acted quite convincingly. The role of the teacher was not glorified, but treated as a regular human being who was doing his best to do something good, sometimes in the right way and sometimes in the wrong way. The race subplot was powerful, but not too preachy. In short, this was an excellent and inspiring story of teachers and students overcoming their shortcomings and being the best that they could be. A stunning and vastly underrated film.


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