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Stand and Deliver (1988)

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


(as Ramon Menendez)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Paris ...
Eliot ...
Tito (as Mark Eliot)
Adelaida Alvarez ...
Sexy Girl
Will Gotay ...
Patrick Baca ...
Richard Martinez ...
Heavy Metal Boy
Mark Everett ...
Heavy Metal Boy
Tyde Kierney ...
Fabiola Escalante (as Rosana De Soto)
Fernando Escalante


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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Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Walking on Water  »

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$13,994,920 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the film is set at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, most of the scenes were filmed at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Ironically, both Roosevelt and Garfield are cross-town rival high schools. 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 »


Angel: [while Escalante is cooking dinner] Why don't we order out?
Jaime Escalante: [Escalante looks at him incredulously]
Angel: I'm kidding, man!
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Lyrics & Music by W. Herrón
Performed by Los Illegals
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One of the best in the genre of teacher films.
9 May 2000 | by See 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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