Stand and DeliverDirector: Ramon Menendez, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosanna de Soto
Edward James Olmos portrays the real-life Jaime Escalante, a no-nonsense mathematic teacher in a tough East LA high school. Handed a classroom full of "losers" and "unteachables," Escalante is determined to turn his young charges' lives around. Drawing from his own cultural heritage, Escalante forms a bond with his largely Hispanic student body, evoking the names of famous Spaniards and Latin Americans whose great accomplishments were predicated on their ability to learn. The students gradually come to realize that the only way they'll escape their own poverty-stricken barrio is to improve themselves intellectually. As a result, the class' academic achievements soar dramatically -- too dramatically for the Educational Testing Service, which is convinced that the class' high test scores are the results of cheating. The triumphant exoneration of Escalante's students provides Stand and Deliver with its rousingly upbeat conclusion.
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- Warner Home Video
Cast & Crew
|Bruce A. Evans||Producer|
|Stephen Halbert||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Iya Labunka||Associate Producer|
|Lidsay Law||Executive Producer|
|Areni Milo||Art Director|
|Milo||Art Director,Production Designer|
|Kathryn Morrison||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt||Asst. Director|
|Craig Safan||Score Composer|
|Dennis Washington||Production Designer|
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When the movie begins, Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) quits his job at an electronics firm. He is going to be (or thinks anyway) the computer science teacher. But the computers aren't in yet. So he is going to teach math in lieu of computer science teacher. His class doesn't want to learn. They show up late, they eat in class. One day he shows up as a baker and chops apples at his class. (Would a real math teacher do that). One day one of his students (Lou Diamond Phillips, LA Bamba) askes him for an extra book, one to keep at school and one to keep at home, so his friends doesn't see that he studies. Nice trick. One day while walking down the stairs Jaime Escalante suffers a mild heart attack. And two days laters he sneaks out of the hospital and shows up to class.
Jaime Escalante was a computer programmer that decided to become a teacher. He gave up his job as a programmer thinking that he was going to become a high school computer science teacher. When he arrived for his first day at Garfield high school he was rudely surprised. He learned that he wouldn’t be teaching computers but he would be teaching math. He found the class and went in. All the students were out of order and rude. He requested that everyone take their seats and the non English speaking students sit in the front. He was rudely interrupted by a false bell and all the students left. When the students came back to class two Spanish pupils arrived one, net head, the other finger man. Finger man told Jaime, to pass him, but Jaime said that he had to earn his grade. The next class Jaime dressed as a cook to teach the kids fractions. This started the relationship between him and the kids. One student, Angel, stuck out; he requested two books one for home and one for class so his friends wouldn’t see him with them. Another student, Ana, has to work in her fathers business instead of going to collage. Jaime changes this by talking to her father. Then there is Poncho, a born mechanic, he changes his life by taking Jaime’s class, for the better. Jaime decides to teach the kids algebra, because he thinks they are smart enough for it. When he feels that they are doing very well he announces he is going to teach then calculus. The students must stay until five o’clock everyday, no vacations, and Saturdays. They aren’t happy but they all do it hesitantly. Poncho struggles and threatens to leave, but he ends pulling through. It is now Christmas and Jaime isn’t spending enough time with his family. He teaches all day then volunteers as an English teacher at night. One day while teaching English he has a heart attack. The kids are very sad. It doesn’t take him long but he comes back to prepare them for the AP test. The students take the AP test and everyone passes. The AP review board finds this weird because these kids are poor Spanish kids with no future. Little does he know they retake the test and pass. Jaime goes down in the record books for proving anything is possible. This is a very touching story. It shows that even though kids are poor and Spanish it doesn’t mean they aren’t smart. These kids break the stereotype and pull through. Also this movie shows that anyone is capable of anything. When I watched it struck me as very inspirational. I believe now that I can do anything I want if I put my mind to it. I can’t believe the things that people from different ethnic backgrounds must do to be believed. Jaime is a great role model for all teachers. All teachers should strive to become like Jaime.
this movie was really touching as a 14 year old i thought this film was really great and funny at times. it shows what teens can really do if they put their mind to it and have a great teacher. I just saw this movie in school today and i think everyone should see it! it may not seem interesting but its really good and also very funny! all of the characters are great and you can relate to all of them! i really loved this film and i think you should see it~ my friend and i loved it soo much we bought everyone we hang with a copy! they thought it was halarious! i think its a great gift for teens and teachers as well! see this movie, you will learn a lot and have a laugh!
What a great classic movie. This should be a part of everyone's collection, especially teachers. What an inspiration!!