Stand And Deliver
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Stand and Deliver (DVD)
Based on a true story, this inspiring American Playhouse production stars Edward James Olmos as a high school teacher who motivated a class full of East L.A. barrio kids to care enough about mathematics to pass an Advanced Placement Calculus Test. Not exactly a variation of To Sir, With Love, the film concerns itself with assumptions and biases held by mainstream authorities about disadvantaged kids, and Olmos's efforts to keep his students coolheaded enough to prove them wrong. Olmos, virtually unrecognizable as the pudgy, balding instructor, gives a career performance in this fine piece directed by Ramón Menéndez, and written by the director and Tom Musca. The DVD release has closed captioning. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This film is about Jaime Escalante (portrayed masterfully by Edward James Olmos) and his math class that he had in 1982 (based on a true story). Escalante was a Bolivian living in America that went to East L.A.'s Garfield High School to teach computer science. It turned out that the school had no funding for computers, so they redirected him to teach math instead. His class of eighteen Latin-American students, convinced they would never amount to much, were still struggling with the concept of fractions. They're troublemakers and gangmembers. One of the most complicated and difficult students, Angel (Lou Diamond Phillips), goes home every night to end up drinking, smoking, and throwing bricks through shop windows.
Escalante learns to work with these students, motivating them to learn. Ganas, or desire, are required from everybody. "With ganas you can do anything you want," says Escalante. "And if you don't have ganas, I'll give you some. I'm an expert." Deciding he needs a challenge, he decides that in two years he'll teach the students calculus and have them pass the A.P. (Advanced Placement) Calculus exam. What happens next is truly emotional and inspirational. I won't reveal the ending, as it's for you to see.
While most recent films about teaching have focused upon the lack of control that teachers execute in the classroom (particularly in underprivileged neighborhoods), this film is about a teacher who is in absolute command of his students. Additionally, rather than solely focus upon the teacher's efforts to transform these kids' lives, the movie truly focuses upon the students themselves and their ambitions and battles with issues of race and discrimination. Watch this film for a refreshing look on the genre.
This movie, based on the true story of math teacher Jaime Escalante and his Garfield High students, shows us how one man's uncompromising work ethic can inspire others to overcome the most difficult adversities. Edward James Olmos is perfect as Escalante, a man who does not settle for mediocrity and sets out to instill that same philosophy in his students. No easy task, because his class is composed entirely of inner-city Latinos who have been conditioned by their circumstances to believe that they will never amount to much. Typifying this mindset is Angel (Lou Diamond Phillips, in a brilliant performance), a troublemaker who spends his nights boozing and joyriding with wild abandon.
But with trademark Latino fire, Escalante pushes, and pushes, and then pushes some more. He requires his students to come to school early and leave late. He takes away their weekends, and even their summer vacation. And by the time he's done, they're ready to take the Advanced Placement Calculus test.
Rarely do we see a film based on actual events that inspires us so profoundly. It's just a shame that it's not as well-known as it should be. (Count the number of reviews submitted here.)
Just an aside: Olmos's name is not often mentioned when the topic of conversation is Hollywood's greatest actors. But did you know he got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in this film? The eventual winner: Dustin Hoffman.
It was also humorous sometimes because the teacher tries to motivate his students by doing strange things. There are some quite funny scenes and some scenes that will bring you to tears.
I was amazed by this movie for one strange reason: Mr. Escalante, the calculus teacher, actually looks like a math teacher I had. My math teacher was Spanish too!
This movie from the beginning is quite interesting. We learn the Jamie Escalante wants to teach computer science but he can't because the school doesn't have the computers. So he teaches math instead. He motivates his students to work extra hard and they succeed. There are bumps in the road, but the students work hard and study.
This is a little-known movie that is both entertaining and educating. I would enjoy watching it over.
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It is one of those movies that is easy to watch and enjoy over and over again.There should be more like it.Published 23 months ago by Gord H
This movie inspired me to go back to school and successfully take correspondence University. Jamie Escalante, whose teaching career is portrayed in this film, passed away in April... Read morePublished on May 5 2010 by Peter D. C. Hartman
I was in elementary when this film came out and I didn't see the value of it then. Now I appreciate it for being a decent film about a teacher trying hard as possible to make... Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by nina
Good movie about the importance and value of education. Almost every high school student should see it.Published on March 9 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
I first saw this movie years ago, it kind of reminds me of that movie "dangerous minds",Except on a lighter note. I have to say this movie was quite inspirational though. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by david dewitt
I had to watch this movie in my Algebra class and it was so great usually when you think of a movie that you would watch in Algebra you prepare to fall asleep but this movie held... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Rachel
I have nothing but praise for this inspirational true story of a determined teacher -- the Bolivian Jaime Escalante -- who pressed his students relentlessly to take their fate in... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by riccotto