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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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Tito (as Mark Eliot)
Adelaida Alvarez ...
Sexy Girl
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Ingrid Oliu ...
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Richard Martinez ...
Heavy Metal Boy
Mark Everett ...
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Tyde Kierney ...
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Fabiola Escalante (as Rosana De Soto)
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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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PG | See all certifications »

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

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When Kemo returns home after thinking his car is stolen, you see that the front windows have curtains closed in them. Once Angel shows up with his car, Kemo goes to the window to see what is happening and the curtains are wide open. See more »

Quotes

Jaime Escalante: Those scores would have never been questioned if my kids did not have Spanish surnames and come from barrio schools. You know that.
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Referenced in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) See more »

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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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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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