Stand and Deliver
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As the tough math teacher, Olmos delivers a strong, Oscar-nominated performance in this rather simple but uplifting melodrama."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Powerfully inspirational, laden with tough love, and on occasion a tad hokey. It's the "Coach Carter" of H.S. Math class."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Intensely watchable movie based on a true story."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Obvious, but very moving."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
""The greatest John G. Avildsen movie John G. Avidlsen never made. Olmos is far more understated than the average tough-teacher is in this kind of film.""
‑ Richard von Busack, MetroActive
"The rare "based on" movie that does justice to its source."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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