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The Great Debaters
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Cast:
Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Jurnee Smollett, Gina Ravera, Jermaine Williams, Nate Parker, Russell Woron-Simons, Roger Dillingham Jr., J.D. Evermore, Tim Parati, Damien Leake, Chuck Vail, Ritchie Montgomery, Eric Kelly McFarland, Steve Flynn, Robert X. Golphin, Alan Resnic, Sean Paul Cormier, Michael Kelly, George Wilson, Bonnie Johnson, Christopher Tranchina, Heath Stewart, Brian D. Evans, James Granville, Breon Pugh, Terry Milam, Robert Malitsky, Kelvin Payton, Emily Griffin, Giovanni Pantaleo, Joel B. Hayden, Robert Masiello, Michael Beasley, Devyn A. Tyler, Misty Lockheart, Cory Patt, Jackson Walker, Todd Poudrier, Ryan Shibley, Frank Ridley, Denzel Whitaker, Marcus Lyle Brown, Voltaire Rico Sterling, Josh McBride, Charissa Allen, Antravian D. Carter, Stephen Rider, Brad Watkins, Samuel Elliott Whisnant, Andrew Bamberg, Aqua Lee, Southey Blanton, Ron Auguste

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The Great Debaters (2007)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
December 26th, 2007

You do what you have to do....

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, however, my Grandfather's Texas. he typified the characters in this film.

With Denzel Washington directing and acting, I expected an outstanding film. I was not prepared to be so emotionally taken in that I left the theater wiping tears from eyes. This was a powerful statement about the differences in American. Differences that were typified by Franklin Roosevelt's affirmative action program for whites - the New Deal; differences that would be repeated twenty years later after WWII when the whites again received affirmative action in the form of the GI Bill. Robert Eisele's story really brought home the pain and deprivation of being Black in America, and how some could overcome that deprivation with the right help, but could never overcome the pain.

Besides Washington, there were outstanding performances by Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, and Denzel Whitaker, as a 14-year-old in college.

Tears in my eyes, I will long remember this film as one of the best of the year and of many years.

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