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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.

Director:

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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A true story about a modern miracle. See more »

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Drama

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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

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, Roosevelt and Garfield are cross-town rival high schools. See more »

Goofs

When the students are in the classroom being questioned about cheating, Pearson (Rif Hutton) can be seen in the background capping his pen twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jaime Escalante: I've seen you do a lot of underhanded tricks, but bringing your abuelita to my house at Christmas time, come on!
Angel: I need calculus to take me a good career, Johnny.
[Ends conversation]
Angel: Something smells good.
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Connections

Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Surprises for 1988 (1989) See more »

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Stand and Deliver
Written by Richard Page, Steve George and John Lang
Performed by Mr. Mister
Courtesy of RCA Records
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One of the best in the genre of teacher films.
9 May 2000 | by santa_vacaSee 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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