The Great Debaters

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Release Date: December 25, 2007

On DVD/VOD: May 13, 2008

PG-13 | 2h 3m | Drama

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: The Weinstein Company
Producer(s): Denzel Washington, Joe Roth, Kate Forte, Oprah Winfrey, Todd Black
Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nathaniel Parker, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise
Writer(s): Robert Eisele, Suzan-Lori Parks
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