Stand and Deliver (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Stand and Deliver (1988)



Critic Consensus: Stand and Deliver pulls off the unlikely feat of making math class the stuff of underdog drama -- and pays rousing tribute to a real-life inspirational figure in the bargain.

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A tough, dedicated mathematics teacher in a largely Hispanic East Los Angeles high school defies expectations by demanding that his impoverished students learn advanced calculus, a challenge that transforms their lives in the process. This popular inspirational drama was inspired by the true story of teacher Jaime Escalante.

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Edward James Olmos
as Jaime Escalante
Andy Garcia
as Ramirez
Virginia Paris
as Raquel Ortega
Carmen Argenziano
as Principal Molina
Rosanna DeSoto
as Fabiola Escalante
Will Gotay
as Pancho
Lydia Nicole
as Rafaela
James Victor
as Ana's Father
Rif Hutton
as Pearson
Mark Everett
as Heavy Metal Boy
Estelle Harris
as Secretary
Richard Martinez
as Heavy Metal Boy
Tyde Kierney
as Joe Goodell
Bodie Olmos
as Fernando Escalante
Michael Yama
as Sanzaki
Betty Carvalho
as Angel's Grandmother
Irene Olga Lopez
as Lupe's Mother
Yvette Cruise
as Claudia's Mother
Aixa Clemente
as Hospital Receptionist
Victor Garron
as Jaime Escalante Jr.
Barbara Vera
as Proctor
Star Frohman
as Female Cop
Irma Barrios
as Ganas Kid
Jessica Seynos
as Ganas Kid
Dominic Lucero
as Ganas Kid
Sonia Fuentes
as Ganas Kid
Henry Torres
as Ganas Kid
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Critic Reviews for Stand and Deliver

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (24)

As a paean to the idea that one individual can still make a difference in this world, Stand and Deliver does just that.

August 11, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I won't tell the end, I'll just say this is a wonderful movie. Olmos is superb, funny, strong; Lou Diamond Phillips makes a terrific wise-guy student But then, everybody's terrific. You come away feeling cheered and hopeful.

August 11, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Stand and Deliver is a rousing, stand-up-and-cheer movie that wears down the most cynical viewer in much the same manner that Escalante wears down his most unreachable students -- with raucous humor and ruthless determination.

August 11, 2021 | Full Review…

OK, it's flawed. But goodness triumphs. Stand and Deliver is a great movie for anyone with a schoolbook, for anyone who thinks bad things can't change, for anyone who thinks one person is not enough to make a difference.

August 11, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

We all know what a difference an individual can make in a person's life. Stand and Deliver portrays this powerful influence in a most entertaining manner.

August 11, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There's no question but that Jaime Escalante, the dedicated mathematics teacher of Garfield High School, deserves to be honored. And Edward James Olmos... turns in a superior performance as Escalante in a film based on truth.

August 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stand and Deliver


A well-done if very melodramatic film concerning a passionate math teacher (Edward James Olmos) who somehow succeeds in inspiring his students to learn calculus. The films feels very familiar and predictable, but it is still crowd-pleasing at its conclusion. Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Andy Garcia are all exceptional, which gives the film the additional energy it needs to hold our attention. Not especially memorable over the years (it has been a while since I have seen it), but still an admirable movie that is certainly believable.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


This isn't just another teacher movie like Blackboard Jungle or Class of 1984, the story of this film is true, and very empowering to teachers and students everywhere. This is one of the best real school dramas of the decade, so I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

In 1982, a new troublemaker hit Garfield High. He was tough. He was wild. He was willing to fight. He was the new math teacher. He reminded me of my Math Teather. lol

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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