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Stand and Deliver Details


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 poverty-stricken barrio is to improve themselves intellectually. As a result, the class' academic achievements soar dramatically -- too dramatically for the Educational Testing Service, which is convinced that the class' high test scores are the results of cheating. The triumphant exoneration of Escalante's students provides Stand and Deliver with its rousingly upbeat conclusion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 11, 1988


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Rosanna de Soto Best Supporting Actress 1988 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tom Musca Best Screenplay 1988 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tom Richmond Best Cinematography 1988 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Lou Diamond Phillips Best Supporting Actor 1988 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lou Diamond Phillips Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1988 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Edward James Olmos Best Actor 1988 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Edward James Olmos Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward James Olmos Best Actor 1988 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ramon Menendez Best Director 1988 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Ramon Menendez Best Screenplay 1988 Winner


Edward James Olmos
as Jaime Escalante
Lou Diamond Phillips
as Angel
Rosanna de Soto
as Fabiola Escalante
Andy Garcia
as Ramirez
Will Gotay
as Pancho
Ingrid Oliu
as Lupe
Sonia Fuentes
as Ganas Kid
Lydia Nicole
as Rafaela
Dominic Lucero
as Ganas Kid
Aixa Clemente
as Hospital Receptionist
Mark Eliot
as Tito
Irma Barrios
as Ganas Kid
Karla Montana
as Claudia
Barbara Vera
as Proctor
Patrick Baca
as Javier
Vanessa Marquez
as Ana
Yvette Cruise
as Claudia's Mother
Virginia Paris
as Raquel Ortega
Irene Olga Lopez
as Lupe's Mother
Victor Garron
as Jaime Escalante, Jr.
Star Frohman
as Female Cop
Graham Galloway
as Craig
Betty Carvalho
as Angel's Grandmother
Tyde Kierney
as Joe Goodell
Michael Yama
as Sanzaki
Rif Hutton
as Pearson
Daniel Villarreal
as Chuco
Michael Goldfinger
as Coach
Bodie Olmos
as Fernando Escalante
Mark Phelan
as Cop
Henry Torres
as Ganas Kid
Richard Moreno
as Ganas Kid
Estelle Harris
as Secretary
James Victor
as Ana's Father
Phillip Elizalde
as Ganas Kid
Michael Adler
as Schloss
Carmen Argenziano
as Molina
Jessica Seynos
as Ganas Kid


Ramon Menendez
Andrew Scheinman
Tom Musca
Bruce A. Evans
Ray Gideon
Tom Musca
Ramon Menendez
Tom Richmond
Richard Page
Craig Safan
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Leighton
Nancy Richardson
Dennis Washington
Production Designer
Areni Milo
Art Director
Iya Labunka
Associate Producer
Kathryn Morrison
Costume Designer
Stephen Halbert
Sound/Sound Designer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt
First Assistant Director
Vered Hochman