The Great Debaters

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  123 min.
Release Date: December 25, 2007 (limited)
DVD: May 13, 2008

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Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nathaniel Parker, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise


The Great Debaters is inspired by the remarkable story of Wiley College's winning debate team of the early 1930s.

Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South, The Great Debaters chronicles the journey of the Wiley College debate team -- coached by the brilliant and passionate professor Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington). It was Tolson's recognition that the power of knowledge is the greatest advantage of all, which brought these students from underdogs to victors in a time when more than the odds were against them.

Director: Denzel Washington
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Forte, Todd Black, Joe Roth
Screenplay: Robert Eisele, Suzan-Lori Parks
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