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Plot, Details & Awards

Stand and Deliver

(1988)
PG In Theaters 03/11/1988 , 105min.
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Plot & 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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Edward James Olmos Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Lou Diamond Phillips Nominated
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Edward James Olmos Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Tom Musca Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Ramon Menendez Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Edward James Olmos Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Rosanna de Soto Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Tom Richmond Nominated
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Ramon Menendez Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Lou Diamond Phillips Won

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