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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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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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Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Walking on Water  »

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$13,994,920 (USA)

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Edward James Olmos recommended Lou Diamond Phillips to director Ramon Menendez after working with him on Miami Vice: Red Tape (1987). 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 »


Dr. Ramirez: Nobody has the right to accuse me of racism.
Dr. Ramirez: Nobody has the right to accuse me of racism.
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Referenced in Naked Movie (2002) See more »


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Lyrics & Music by W. Herrón
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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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