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 <email@example.com>
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.
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Did You Know?
Edward James Olmos
remained close friends with Jaime Escalante
until Escalante's death on March 30, 2010. Olmos even led a campaign to help pay for Escalante's medical bills, a campaign which included cast members from the film and former students of Escalante. See more
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
Tough guys don't do math. Tough guys fry chicken for a living.
Lyrics by Willie Herrón
Music by W. Herrón & M. Valdez
Performed by Los Illegals
Courtesy of A&M Records See more