This is my 2481st Review
Thanks to Damien of Riley on Film for this recommendation.
Here are his thoughts on the film.
“There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of those two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. *Math* is the great equalizer… When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You’re going to work harder here than you’ve ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is *ganas.* *Desire.* ” – Jaime Escalante
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 Times (a lot on cable in the late 80’s/early 90’s and 5 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of an inner city math teacher who took on the task of changing the reputation of his high school filled with students from lower class families While trying to prove how smart they really are.
My Take on it – I must say that I wasn’t too surprised when Damien chose this film for me.
I know that he’s a teacher and is inspired by his students and his work, so why not champion a film about an inspirational teacher?
This is actually a film that I watched numerous tines on cable as a teen and it was nice to revisit it and rekindle the yearning for an inspiring and motivated teacher.
The fact that we know from the start that this is based on a real event raises the level of enjoyment and makes the story feel even more powerful.
Edward James Olmos is spectacular here and he definitely deserved the Oscar nomination for this role but there was no chance of him beating Dustin Hoffman who was nominated for Rain Man (1988).
He is able to convey to us a man who is not only a great teacher but someone who inspires his student via his unique ways, but he also comes off as both a commanding leader and a humorous friend when needed.
Since this film comes out of Hollywood, it’s known that there are liberties taken within the story and characters but they are still able to make us all wish that we have inspirational teachers like him who could have been role models for each and every one of us.
Bottom Line – Very moving and inspirational film that is even more powerful when you know that it’s based on fact. Olmos is superb in the lead role and is able to portray a commanding yet funny teacher whose sole goal is to make the lives of his students better. Obviously this is Hollywood so parts are not based on truth but this film makes everyone wish they had such a motivated teacher like him when they were in high school. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Edward James Olmos remained close friends with Jaime Escalante until Escalante’s death on March 30, 2010. Olmos even led a campaign to help pay for Escalante’s medical bills, a campaign which included cast members from the film and former students of Escalante. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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