Akeelah and the Bee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  112 min.
Release Date: April 28, 2006 (limited)
DVD: August 29, 2006

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Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer, Curtis Armstrong, J.R. Villareal, Sean Michael Afable, Sahara Garey


Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words.

Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne); her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

Director: Doug Atchison
Studio: Maple Pictures
Producer(s): Laurence Fishburne, Sid Ganis, Daniel Llewelyn, Michael Romersa, Nancy Hult Ganis
Screenplay: Doug Atchison
Official Site: www.akeelahandthebee.com

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