Stand and Deliver (1988)

stand and deliverBy Scott Goldfine

Edward James Olmos gives a sublimely reserved performance in this movie about an L.A. high school teacher who inspires his Hispanic students to achieve their greatest potential. The young cast brings uncommon realism and depth to their roles.

Based on a true story, the picture is inspirational without the clichés or heavy-handedness that frequently mars this type of film. Also stars Estelle Harris and Lou Diamond Phillips. Rated PG.

GRADE: B+

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