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Stand And Deliver

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  • Actors: Lou Diamond Phillips, Andy Garcia, Carmen Argenziano, Morgan Freeman, Rosana De Soto
  • Directors: John Avildsen, Ramon Menendez
  • Writers: Ramon Menendez, Tom Musca
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 21 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NF97NK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,633 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith L on April 29 2004
Format: DVD
I was first recommended this movie to watch because I was having a hard time with math. I thought was boring and didn't see the point in it. But my father made me watch it, and I'm glad I did.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Sanderman on Dec 13 2003
Format: DVD
I have nothing but unreserved praise for "Stand and Deliver." Having seen a bunch of movies in the same genre (teacher shakes up classroom and changes the lives of the students), I was hesitant to watch this film. But I must say that Edward James Olmos's performance is absolutely breathtaking. Unlike most of the teacher's we see in these films, his inspiration and charisma seem to be more of an extension of his personality than a false persona created by a script. In fact, most of his scenes in front of the class seem almost ad-libbed-the way an actual teaching environment would operate. While Lou Diamond Phillips is splashed across the cover, the credit for this film needs to be directed towards Olmos.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Escasa on July 6 2003
Format: DVD
Stand and Deliver has often been promoted as a must-see for all teachers and students. I have to disagree. It's a must-see for everyone, regardless of educational attainment or profession.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 3 2002
Format: DVD
I really liked this movie a lot. It was entertaining and uplifting. It was a motivational movie because it proves that anyone can learn if they try. It also shows that hard work pays off, and that even uneducated students can learn something as challenging as calculus.
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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