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Stand and Deliver (1988)

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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 ... Secretary
Mark Phelan ... Cop
Virginia Paris Virginia Paris ... Raquel Ortega
Eliot Eliot ... Tito (as Mark Eliot)
Adelaida Alvarez Adelaida Alvarez ... Sexy Girl
Will Gotay Will Gotay ... Pancho
Patrick Baca Patrick Baca ... Javier
Ingrid Oliu Ingrid Oliu ... Lupe
Carmen Argenziano ... Molina
Richard Martinez Richard Martinez ... Heavy Metal Boy
Mark Everett Mark Everett ... Heavy Metal Boy
Tyde Kierney Tyde Kierney ... Joe Goodell
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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Biography | 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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Edward James Olmos remained close friends with Jaime Escalante until Escalante's death on March 30, 2010. Olmos even led a campaign to help pay for Escalante's medical bills, a campaign which included cast members from the film and former students of Escalante. See more »

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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: [about Claudia] This girl's gotta do some work from the neck up. We're going to have to stay late again. Of course you know, we have pizza because they deliver. We can get fried chicken, hamburgers with cheese. We'll need donations. No, really, you owe me money anyway. You don't deserve the grades you're getting.
[Claudia gets up and leaves]
Jaime Escalante: Where are you going? Late for another date? She's got more boyfriends than Elizabeth Taylor.
Claudia: I don't appreciate you using my personal life to entertain this ...
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Referenced in Beverly Hills, 90210: Stand (Up) and Deliver (1991) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Marcos Loya
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I wish there were more movies made by minorities showing their own perception of life.
4 February 2000 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

Based on a true story Stand and Deliver was written by Ramón Menéndez and Tom Musca, and directed by Ramón Menéndez. I wish there were more movies made by minorities showing their own perception of life. I especially think that this movie was a triumph because the directors, the actors, are mostly minorities. The story is well told and is sad and shows the urban life of students in Los Angeles. I must say that I take my hat off to any teacher, especially those in the inner city. I would never have the patience to deal with teenagers at all, regardless of race, religion, etc. It is a hard age where the kids think that they are invincible. The teacher "Edward James Olmos" Jaime Escalante, did a wonderful job with those students, as Jaime Escalante did a good job teaching. He was nominated for several awards. The most unfair thing is to think that just because those kids were poor they could not excel and had to take the same exam twice. What a system is this? I loved the fact that Mr. Olmos expected more from the students than mediocrity and they lived up to his expectations. Favorite Scenes: When the students passed the second test. Unfortunately I think that there were instances in American history that certain minority groups would not had even the chance to go to school, much less to have a second chance to prove how good they are. Favorite Quotes: Edward James Olmos: Claudia: "You're worried that we'll screw up big tomorrow, aren't you?" Edward James Olmos: "Tomorrow's another day. I'm worried you're gonna screw up the rest of your lives." Edward James Olmos: "Tough guys don't do math. Tough guys fry chicken for a living!" Edward James Olmos: "They learned that if you try really hard nothing changes." We don't live in a perfect world. I recommend this movie although I found it somewhat sad, because it is very realistic. But reality is not always pleasant.


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