The Great Debaters

Release Date:
Dec 25, 2007
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Running Time:
2:07
Genre:
Docudrama
Director:
Denzel Washington
Cast:
Denzel Washington Mel Tolson
Forest Whitaker Dr. James Farmer Sr.
Nate Parker Henry Lowe
Jurnee Smollett Jurnee Smollett
Denzel Whitaker James Farmer Jr.
Jermaine Williams Hamilton Burgess
Gina Ravera Ruth Tolson
John Heard Sheriff Dozier
Kimberly Elise Pearl Farmer
Devyn Tyler Helen Farmer
Trenton McClain Boyd Nathaniel Farmer
Producers:
Todd Black , Kate Forte , Oprah Winfrey , Joe Roth , Bob Weinstein , Harvey Weinstein , David Crockett
Writers:
Robert Eisele
Language:
English
Official Website:
http://www.thegreatdebatersmovie.com/

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The Great Debaters

Poet and professor Melvin B. Tolson teaches at the predominately black Wiley College in 1935 Texas. He decides to start a debate team, something nearly unheard of at a black college. While at first he butts heads with the influential father of one of his best debators, eventually he is able to form a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard's prestigious debate champions.

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