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THE GREAT DEBATERS
USA: MGM Distribution
Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise, Devyn Tyler), Trenton McClain Boyd, Ritchie Montgomery, Jackson Walker, Tim Parati, Robert X. Golphin, Justice Leak, Glen Powell Jr, Brad Watkins, Brian Smiar, Damien Leake, Voltaire Rico Sterling, Stephen Rider, Gordon Danniels, Donny Boa,z Samuel Elliott Whisnant, Bonnie Johnson, Charissa Allen, Michael Beasley
Director: Denzel Washington
USA: 123 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality
USA Release Date: 25 December 2007
THE GREAT DEBATERS is inspired by the remarkable story of Wiley College's winning debate team of the early 1930's. 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.
THE GREAT DEBATERS is a socially conscious, powerful and inspirational Oscar candidate that truly captures the inner working of politics, education and race in our society. It is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington who leads a stellar ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker along with Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker, and Kimberly Elise.