Weinstein Company, The | Release Date: December 25, 2007
Summary: Believe in the power of words. Inspired by a true story, The Great Debaters chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African-American college in the Deep South into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views. In their pursuit for excellence, Tolson's debate team receives a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard University's championship team. (The true story saw the team debating the University of Southern California.) [Weinstein Company]
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Runtime: 126 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality.
Production: Weinstein Company, The
Genres: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: May 13, 2008
Director Credit
Denzel Washington Director
Writer Credit
Jeffrey Porro Story
Robert Eisele Story
Tony Scherman Inspired By The American Legacy Article
Principal Cast Credit
Denzel Washington Melvin B. Tolson
Forest Whitaker Dr. James Farmer Sr.
Kimberly Elise Pearl Farmer
Cast Credit
Denzel Whitaker James Farmer Jr.
Devyn A. Tyler Helen Farmer
Gina Ravera Ruth Tolson
Jackson Walker Pig Owner
Jermaine Williams Hamilton Burgess
John Heard Sheriff Dozier
Jurnee Smollett Samantha Booke
Nate Parker Henry Lowe
Ritchie Montgomery Deputy
Robert X. Golphin Dunbar Reed
Tim Parati Pig Farmer
Trenton McClain Boyd Nathaniel Farmer
Producer Credit
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
David Crockett Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Joe Roth Producer
Kate Forte Producer
Melody Fowler Associate Producer: Harpo Films
Molly Allen Co-Producer
Oprah Winfrey Producer
Todd Black Producer
Valeria Scoon Associate Producer: Harpo Films