Stand And Deliver

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Biography

Another one of those teachers who uses entertainment to save young souls, this time in East Los Angeles. Based on a true story, the movie stars Edward James Olmos as Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East LA's Garfield High. Escalante's class is filled with kids who have no desire to learn--they come late to class, can't do multiplication, talk and eat...read more

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Another one of those teachers who uses entertainment to save young souls, this time in East Los Angeles. Based on a true story, the movie stars Edward James Olmos as Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East LA's Garfield High. Escalante's class is filled with kids who have no desire to

learn--they come late to class, can't do multiplication, talk and eat in class, and live in fear of gang violence. Escalante, however, is no ordinary high school teacher--he's a Movie Teacher (cf. DEAD POET'S SOCIETY), so he wear costumes, engages in amateur theatrics (he dresses as a chef and

violently slices up apples to illustrate the concept of fractions), and refers to his class as a "show." Gradually the students respond to his style. With his school facing a loss of accreditation, Escalante makes a radical request--to prepare his students for the Advanced Placement exams in

Calculus. Carefully scripted and well acted, STAND AND DELIVER is sentimental and utterly predictable but better than many films of this kind. First-time director Ramon Menendez, a Cuban UCLA graduate, gives the charismatic Olmos a showcase.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Another one of those teachers who uses entertainment to save young souls, this time in East Los Angeles. Based on a true story, the movie stars Edward James Olmos as Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East LA's Garfield High. Escalante's class is filled wi… (more)

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