Stand and Deliver


Stand and Deliver (1988)



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A tough, dedicated mathematics teacher in a largely Hispanic East Los Angeles high school defies expectations by demanding that his impoverished students learn advanced calculus, a challenge that transforms their lives in the process. This popular inspirational drama was inspired by the true story of teacher Jaime Escalante.

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Edward James Olmos
as Jaime Escalante
Andy Garcia
as Ramirez
Virginia Paris
as Raquel Ortega
Carmen Argenziano
as Principal Molina
Rosanna DeSoto
as Fabiola Escalante
Will Gotay
as Pancho
Lydia Nicole
as Rafaela
James Victor
as Ana's Father
Rif Hutton
as Pearson
Mark Everett
as Heavy Metal Boy
Estelle Harris
as Secretary
Richard Martinez
as Heavy Metal Boy
Tyde Kierney
as Joe Goodell
Bodie Olmos
as Fernando Escalante
Michael Yama
as Sanzaki
Betty Carvalho
as Angel's Grandmother
Irene Olga Lopez
as Lupe's Mother
Yvette Cruise
as Claudia's Mother
Aixa Clemente
as Hospital Receptionist
Victor Garron
as Jaime Escalante Jr.
Barbara Vera
as Proctor
Star Frohman
as Female Cop
Irma Barrios
as Ganas Kid
Jessica Seynos
as Ganas Kid
Dominic Lucero
as Ganas Kid
Sonia Fuentes
as Ganas Kid
Henry Torres
as Ganas Kid
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Critic Reviews for Stand and Deliver

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

As the tough math teacher, Olmos delivers a strong, Oscar-nominated performance in this rather simple but uplifting melodrama.

Apr 27, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Intensely watchable movie based on a true story.

Jan 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"The greatest John G. Avildsen movie John G. Avidlsen never made. Olmos is far more understated than the average tough-teacher is in this kind of film."

Sep 27, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Powerfully inspirational, laden with tough love, and on occasion a tad hokey. It's the "Coach Carter" of H.S. Math class.

Jan 26, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Obvious, but very moving.

Jan 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The rare "based on" movie that does justice to its source.

Dec 30, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Stand and Deliver


A well-done if very melodramatic film concerning a passionate math teacher (Edward James Olmos) who somehow succeeds in inspiring his students to learn calculus. The films feels very familiar and predictable, but it is still crowd-pleasing at its conclusion. Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Andy Garcia are all exceptional, which gives the film the additional energy it needs to hold our attention. Not especially memorable over the years (it has been a while since I have seen it), but still an admirable movie that is certainly believable.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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This isn't just another teacher movie like Blackboard Jungle or Class of 1984, the story of this film is true, and very empowering to teachers and students everywhere. This is one of the best real school dramas of the decade, so I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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. He reminded me of my Math Teather. lol

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Inspirational true story about Mr. Escalante, a Los Angeles high school math teacher whose Hispanic barrio students achieved high scores on California's advance placement calculus tests. A terrific story for two reasons, first because it's true and second because Edward James Olmos turns in the performance of his life. I enjoy this film but watching it brings back unpleasant memories of study, homework and test anxiety. (yikes!)

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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