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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Paris ...
Eliot ...
Tito (as Mark Eliot)
Adelaida Alvarez ...
Sexy Girl
Will Gotay ...
Patrick Baca ...
Ingrid Oliu ...
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Walking on Water  »

Box Office


$13,994,920 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jaime Escalante was actually impressed by the movie, stating that it was 'Ninety per cent truth, and ten per cent drama.' See more »


When the students are in the classroom being questioned about cheating you can see Pearson (Rif Hutton) in the background cap his pen twice between shots. See more »


Pancho: [Escalante is driving Pancho's car] Kemo, I don't wanna let you down but the money I'd be making'll buy me a new Trans Am.
Jaime Escalante: No one cruise through life, Pancho. Wouldn't you rather be designing these things than repairing them? Can't even do that, things got fuel injection -
[grinds gears]
Pancho: Kemo, you're gonna strip my gears, man!
Jaime Escalante: Don't panic, Johnny, just watch out for the other guy -
[grinds gears again]
Jaime Escalante: Right or left?
Jaime Escalante: [Kemo turns right, screams to halt in front of a dead end]
Jaime Escalante: All...
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El Lay
Lyrics by Willie Herron (as W. Herrón) & Gronk
Performed by Los Illegals
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Such a wonderful film!
8 November 2004 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I was watching it on PBS one late night. I am really glad that PBS endorses this film. It is such an influence for kids to do well in school. I hope that it influences teachers to be more supportive and teach better, although I don't have much faith anymore in our broken school systems nowadays. But I still believe in HOPE! I, personally, am not a minority, but you just really hoped the best for the kids in this film. Watching this film, you really get on their side and you really want them to do well. They all have their ups and downs and their home lives are not perfect. The role of Edward James Olmos as Kimo is simply unforgettable. You really admire how Kimo sticks by his kids 100 percent. Teachers like that are so rare. I hope there are teachers like that to pass the torch down to other teachers in the next generation. I look forward to seeing this movie again!

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