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The Great Debaters
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The Great Debaters 2007

description written by member Zara:

Washington stars and also directs the the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and inspired by a true story, "The Great Debaters" chronicles the journey of a brilliant but volatile coach (Denzel Washington) who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small, modest black college in East Texas into an elite debate team while challenging the social mores of the time, culminating with a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard's championship team.

Release Date:December 25th, 2007
Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker
Kimberly EliseKimberly Elise
No image existsJurnee Smollett
No image existsGina Ravera
Jermaine WilliamsJermaine Williams
No image existsNate Parker
No image existsRussell Woron-Simons
Roger Dillingham Jr.Roger Dillingham Jr.
No image existsJ.D. Evermore
No image existsTim Parati
No image existsDamien Leake
No image existsChuck Vail
Ritchie MontgomeryRitchie Montgomery
No image existsEric Kelly McFarland
No image existsSteve Flynn
No image existsRobert X. Golphin
No image existsAlan Resnic
No image existsSean Paul Cormier
Michael KellyMichael Kelly
No image existsGeorge Wilson
No image existsBonnie Johnson
No image existsChristopher Tranchina
No image existsHeath Stewart
No image existsBrian D. Evans
James GranvilleJames Granville
No image existsBreon Pugh
No image existsTerry Milam
Robert MalitskyRobert Malitsky
No image existsKelvin Payton
No image existsEmily Griffin
No image existsGiovanni Pantaleo
No image existsJoel B. Hayden
Robert MasielloRobert Masiello
Michael BeasleyMichael Beasley
No image existsDevyn A. Tyler
No image existsMisty Lockheart
No image existsCory Patt
No image existsJackson Walker
No image existsTodd Poudrier
No image existsRyan Shibley
No image existsFrank Ridley
Denzel WhitakerDenzel Whitaker
No image existsMarcus Lyle Brown
No image existsVoltaire Rico Sterling
No image existsJosh McBride
No image existsCharissa Allen
No image existsAntravian D. Carter
No image existsStephen Rider
No image existsBrad Watkins
No image existsSamuel Elliott Whisnant
No image existsAndrew Bamberg
No image existsAqua Lee
No image existsSouthey Blanton
No image existsRon Auguste

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The Great Debaters Movie Review by Zara (5/15/2008)

What I think most people are going to overlook when they watch this movie is that Denzel Washington isn't just acting in it, he directed it as well. And as a director he does a solid, dependable job. A little on the dry side (perhaps to secure a PG-13 rating and give the film a chance to reach more people, it was a...

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The Great Debaters Movie Review by James (1/2/2008)

Hey all,
I am not sure what Texas is really like but this wasn't that bad of a movie. I do think it is getting old on the whole black vs. white people thing. We are all equal now. But on the other hand it is great to learn about history. I enjoyed Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise. They are both great...

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The Great Debaters Movie Review by Jarrod (12/31/2007)

'The Great Debaters' is a stronger directorial effort for Denzel Washington than his debut, Antwone Fisher, which made a star out of Derek Luke. It is an inspiring and powerful underdog story, based on historical events, but reworking them to greater effect, for instance, making it so that the black debate team from Wiley...

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The Great Debaters Movie Review by Movie Addict (12/26/2007)

This wasn't about my Texas, although I am familiar with many of the topics in this film. I have been to Marshall in my travels over most of the highways in Texas, I know about Paul Quinn College and Prairie View A & M University. This wasn't even about my Daddy's Texas, as he was just a small boy at the time. It was,...

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