Stand and Deliver

1988

Stand and Deliver

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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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Cast

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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Audience Reviews for Stand and Deliver

  • Apr 07, 2014
    Before he destroyed his credibility talking about the Canticle of Magic at an old Super Bowl, Edward James Olmos delivered a wonderful 'teacher inspires students in low income area to do well at school' role. Also notable as the last thing Lou Diamond Phillips did that we cared about.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2013
    Pretty good. Inspiring story. Can't say I like Almos' acting here though...normally I think he's awesome, but I just don't like him that much here. Good movie though.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2011
    Despite a recommendation from one of my friends (who has recommended mostly crappy movies in the past), I was willing to give this movie a chance if only to see the venerable Edward James Olmos as a professor. However, I quickly learned to ignore such reasoning because this film doesn't do asingle thing you haven't seen before. The entire thing plays out like a poorly written account of Husker teaching how to subtract 2 from 2 to a roomful of robots with their "poor Latino stereotype" settings turned to eleven. Even the ending comes off as contrived, trying far too hard to move you even an inch. And the rest of the film doesn't fare much better, particularly the the incredibly aggrevating soundtrack. In short, take each individual facet of what this movie tries to do and go see movies that focus their attention on one of them rather than try to stretch it across all of them. If you want to feel inspired, go see 127 Hours. If you want a great leading actor, go see The King's Speech. if you want to witness the education of a poverty-stricken teenage hooligan, go see Good Will Hunting. If you want to like this movie, just go see Bloodrayne and compare it to this. And then go jump in front of a speeding train because you're officially incapable of telling the difference between quality and crap.
    Andy S Super Reviewer

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