Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by John Madden. 99mins. Rated M.
FILMS ABOUT MATHEMATICS, especially at university level, are not the first titles that come to mind in wondering what would be most popular at the box-office. However, during the 1980s, there was an interesting and challenging film about difficulties faced in the schools of Hispanic East Los Angeles. The subject being taught was calculus. The film was Stand and Deliver with Edward James Olmos as a dedicated teacher who wanted to improve the standards and possibilities in life for his students. It turned out to be quite popular.