Stand and Deliver

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Released 1988

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Director:
Ramón Menéndez
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
Stand and Deliver portrays the inspiring true life story of an East Los Angeles math teacher that motivates his underprivileged students to achieve beyond anyone's expectations. Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos in an Oscar-nominated performance) leaves a high-paying business job to return to the barrio and teach in public high school. He sets out to prove that low scores in the Latino community are not due to ability but communication. Although he faces a classroom full of disinterested students, like gang member Angel Guzman (Lou Diamond Phillips), Jaime captures their attention with his oddball behavior and challenging attitude. Eventually, he motivates them to try for the Advanced Placement test in Calculus that would give them college credit and prove their intellectual abilities to admission offices as well as to themselves. In order to prepare, they will need to attend classes on Saturdays and take on hours of extra homework. Many of the students accept the challenge and the grueling rigor of complicated math only to have their test results thrown out with suspicions of cheating, which brings out the fighter in Jaime. Ram''n Men''ndez won Independent Spirit Awards for direction and the screenplay for this 1988 film.moreless
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