The cast of characters in Stand and Deliver
Played By: Edward James OlmosHe is based off real-life calculus teacher Jaime Escalante. Escalante is determined to teach inner-city students they are more than just a statistic through mathematics. He believes they have the potential to exceed expectations, all they is ganas (desire). Over the course of the film, we see his dedication in educating his students and the positive impact it has on them. Although his students are accused of cheating because their scores seemed too perfect, they re-test and still get perfect scores.
Played By: Lou Diamond PhillipsAngel is a member of the Maravilla gang who secretly possesses a natural gift for mathematics. Although he is shown to be a tough guy who doesn't take his education seriously in the beginning of the film, he has a desire to learn, evidenced by his multiple attempts in convincing Mr. Escalante to let him stay in his class. Toward the end of the film, it is revealed Angel is indeed gifted in the subject, for he received a 5 on his AP Calculus Exam - a perfect score.
Francisco "Pancho" Garcia
Played By: Will GotayPancho is a young mechanic and one of the students who seems to struggle with calculus. Earlier in the film, he is shown to give up easily, nearly choosing a job at a forklift over his education, however, Escalante convinces him his education is the key to success and a good career. When Escalante returns to the school, after his heart attack, we see a change in Pancho's attitude toward his education, most notably when he correctly answers a problem he's been struggling with.
Played By: Karla MontanaClaudia is what some would consider a "pretty girl." Most people seem to judge her based on her looks and social life, including Mr. Escalante who makes a snide remark to the class, but he soon apologizes. She possesses both brains and beauty and wants to be taken seriously. When trying to convince her mother to sign Mr. Escalante's permission slip we see Claudia's determination to get an education in this exchange:
Guadalupe "Lupe" Escobar
Played By: Ingrid OliuLupe is a fiery redhead who is one of Mr. Escalante's smartest students. In the beginning of the film, she didn't take her education very seriously, staging a protest, in which she and her classmates would refuse to take Escalante's quizzes, however, she was the only one who went through with it, which got her sent to the "chair." Later on, her attitude shifts, and she becomes the mother hen of the classroom.
Played By: Vanessa MarquezAna is a shy, soft spoken girl who expresses an interest in mathematics, her first day of Mr. Escalante's class. She is almost forced to drop out of school because her father wants her to work in his restaurant, however, Mr. Escalante intervenes. The next day, not only does she return to school, but she solves a problem the students were struggling with (she didn't even read the board).
Armando "Tito" Guitaro
Played By: Mark EliotTito is a new-wave musician who is a "ladies man." He is often shown to have an easy-going personality, but still manages to do well in Mr. Escalante's class.
Played By: Patrick BacaJavier is the know-it-all of the class. He's never gotten anything lower than a B-, and often expresses this to Mr. Escalante, when he receives a low grade. Like Ana, he enjoys mathematics, but can be boastful at times, which annoys a few of the students.
Played By: Lydia NicoleRafaela is an immigrant who transferred to Escalante's class in the beginning of the movie. She is quiet, and is shown to hang out with Tito the majority of the film.