The alleged troubles of his students are painted in such broad strokes that they quickly disappear into the background, making the kids'eventual triumph seem trite and cinematically inevitable rather than inspiring. I doubt any of Escalante's kids at parties do quadratic equations for entertainment. He ditched his old name Stuart Leslie Goddard and adopted the persona of Adam. Ironically enough, the director chooses the two inspectors from minorities, one African American, the other a Latino himself, to suggest that even the educated members of the minority groups are so strongly affected by the white supremacy, never realizing that what they do is indeed representing the predominant view that Hispanic children are inherently incapable. I would probably do the same thing if I were in his shoes. He married young and his estranged yet loyal wife touchingly changed her name to Eve.
Adopting a weird sideways shuffle and a strange habit of talking to himself, he strikes them at first as simply bizarre; they stop making noise because they want to hear what foolish thing he'll say next. He's very good as the kid who makes a deal with Olmos for three textbooks, one for home, one for class, and one for his locker just so his image among his home boys is kept secure. Olmos has transformed himself so completely. Instead, he is given Math 1A, and immediately proceeds to turn the class on its head, with amazing results. Another is the ongoing romance between two of Escalante's other students: Lupe and Pedro. He shows up with a chef's hat, some apples and a cleaver to teach fractions, for example.
So he teaches math instead. This should be required material for every school teacher. In order to do this he teaches the kids over the summer and even on saturdays and during the school year they come into school an hour later and they stay until five. His life story was interesting to me. Lou Diamond Phillips has a supporting role in this film which was made earlier than his breakout role in La Bamba, but released later. Hartley in a road show of Polly of the Circus.
From this 1912 debut, the Dale Carnegie Course evolved. He has said in interviews that he published this book out of a need for income. In this case, all standards are met. The administration and others teachers don't have much faith in this group of kids and think that Escalante is wasting his time. Stand and Deliver is one of the best films of the Eighties and one of the most inspiring I've ever seen.
There have been many films made about students with little to no potential showing that they are capable of being educated, and Stand and Deliver ran a huge risk of being repetitive when it was released, but it manages to cover new ground because it deals with so many different levels of the lives of the kids and the efforts of the teacher to teach them. Are standout, brilliant teachers like Escalante the answer to a distressed educational system? Escalante has a heart attack in the movie. With his school facing a loss of accreditation, Escalante makes a radical request--to prepare his students for the Advanced Placement exams in Calculus. But did you know he got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in this film? That's entirely in keeping with the character of this man that Stand and Deliver tells the story of. Did these women give permission? There are bumps in the road, but the students work hard and study. But does the exceptional make for good policy when it comes to the everyday exigencies of school reform? I'll see a part of Stuart Goddard who I never knew before.
Unfortunately I think that there were instances in American history that certain minority groups would not had even the chance to go to school, much less to have a second chance to prove how good they are. And it's that knowledge that, to me, makes this such a depressing film. Escalante's class is filled with kids who have no desire to learn--they come late to class, can't do multiplication, talk and eat in class, and live in fear of gang violence. He or she seems to possess qualities—confidence, charisma, eloquence, learning—that the rest of us lack. This seems like fantasy, far-fetched and totally out of a Disney story.
While some caution is advised for bad language, the story itself, based on an actual teacher and class, shows that high expectations can lead to high achievement. The movie is based on a true story and is about a teacher, Jaime Escalante, and his class of high school math students in a predominantly Latino area of Los Angeles. Because of those two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. I would enjoy watching it over. Anyway, if you ask me, it was brave of Jamie Edward James Olmos to get his class to learn the way he did.
Starring Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan. Not too big a deal. Adam's story is not cliche at all. The calculus test, from Escalante's viewpoint is a chance for the system to regain the trust of the Hispanic students, but the disapproval from the authorities makes that just a failure, disappointing the students and leaving them in a state of frustration after a months-long hard battle they fought to prove their aptitude. I saw it the first time two years ago.
It is his strength and nigh on perfect display of acting proficiency, that makes you swallow this never sugary, but border-line sweet, affair. Eventually this group of ghetto youth prove they have the right stuff for college and beyond. Every character was very interesting, cute and funny. It couldn't have been easy, but I thank Adam! The supporting cast is good, led by a young Lou Diamond Phillips. Even by fickle music industry standards, he never stayed in one place too long. Ready to contribute to a qualitative shift in the quality of instruction in struggling schools? Edward James Olmos the actor is another motivated man.