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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.

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Ramón Menéndez (as Ramon Menendez)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Jaime Escalante
Estelle Harris ... Estelle - Secretary
Mark Phelan ... Cop in Office
Virginia Paris Virginia Paris ... Raquel Ortega
Eliot Eliot ... Armando 'Tito' Quintana (as Mark Eliot)
Adelaida Alvarez Adelaida Alvarez ... Sexy Girl
Will Gotay Will Gotay ... Francisco 'Pancho' Garcia
Patrick Baca Patrick Baca ... Javier Perales
Ingrid Oliu Ingrid Oliu ... Guadalupe 'Lupe' Escobar
Carmen Argenziano ... Principal Molina
Richard Martinez Richard Martinez ... Heavy Metal Boy
Mark Everett Mark Everett ... Heavy Metal Boy
Tyde Kierney Tyde Kierney ... Joe Goodell - Neighbor
Rosanna DeSoto ... Fabiola Escalante (as Rosana De Soto)
Bodie Olmos ... 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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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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walking on Water See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$411,884, 13 March 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,994,920
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in December 2011 as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Escalante returns home after thinking his car has been stolen, the front windows are shown with their curtains closed. Once Angel shows up with his car, Escalante goes to the window to see what is happening, and the curtains are wide open. See more »

Quotes

Jaime Escalante: You're like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there!
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Vamonos Pál Norte
Lyrics & Music by Marcos Loya
Performed by Marcos Loya, Raquel Perez & Jacinto Guevara
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This Gets an "A"
25 November 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Stand and Deliver" is a strong film which is based on a true story. Edward James Olmos received an Oscar nomination as Jaime Escalante, a man who has decided to teach in a Los Angeles school after quitting a high-paying technological job. Escalante is a man who could be described as a "Patton of the classroom". He will do anything and everything to teach his Hispanic students the complicated mathematics of Calculus so they can pass a test which will give them college credit. This is Olmos' show all the way. He proved to be a dominant actor here and it is he who makes the film believable and overall exceptional. The supporting cast is good, led by a young Lou Diamond Phillips. A solid screenplay and smart direction make "Stand and Deliver" a forgotten winner from the 1980s. 4 stars out of 5.


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