The Great Debaters

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The Great Debaters

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Denzel Washington

Melvin B. Tolson

Nate Parker

Henry Lowe

Jurnee Smollett

Samantha Booke

Denzel Whitaker

James Farmer Jr.

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Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of ... more


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11August 2009

«The Great Debaters» is a 2007 film directed by and starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington[1] and produced by Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Productions. It is based on an article written about the Wiley College debate team by Tony Scherman for the 1997 Spring issue of American Legacy. A drama based on 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. Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. «The Great Debaters» film co-stars Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker, Gina Ravera, and Jurnee Smollett. The screenplay was written by Robert Eisele. The film was released in theaters on December 25, 2007. Download «The Great Debaters» right now!

Lizzy

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B+

This movie The Great Debaters is worth checking out28 October 2012

This movie The Great Debaters is worth checking out

Mad About Movies

Karma1319750

Grade

B+

The Great Debaters is rated highly by many and therefore worth watching02 October 2012

The Great Debaters is rated highly by many and therefore worth watching

nikkos

Karma31813

Grade

B+

drama05 May 2012

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this fact-based drama about a 30s US black college debating team who take on the Ivy League in a national event but face racism and violence.

Fellinifan

Karma35981

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A+

More hidden history15 December 2011

A film catching a lesser known but of African American history and also the way in which debates work, which is interesting in itself. Plenty of human interest and suspense - and it builds to a real climax. Thoughtful entertainment and one to see.

Lizzy

Karma1301250

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B+

Thanks for that comment good to know.27 October 2011

Thanks for that comment good to know.

Mad About Movies

Karma1319750

Grade

B+

thanks22 September 2011

Thanks for commenting, helps us to know if we should check it out.

KANE

Karma35498

Grade

B+

check itout!08 September 2011

I didn't really see anything special in this flick. You knew how it was going to go down from the beginning. The acting was good but nothing special.
Whitaker was excellent though.
I was surprised that the debating part of the movie was somewhat a B story in the whole thing.

MrKx

Karma49294

Grade

A+

awesome movie!09 January 2011

Very gr8 work done by Denzel W.. Definitely worth the watch!!

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