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The Great Debaters

Poet and professor Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) teaches at the predominately black Wiley College in 1935 Texas. He decides to start a debate team, something nearly unheard of at a black college. While at first he butts heads with the influential father (Forest Whitaker) of one of his best debators, eventually he is able to form a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard's prestigious debate champions.

Denzel Washington Mel Tolson
Forest Whitaker Dr. James Farmer Sr.
Nate Parker Henry Lowe
Jurnee Smollett Jurnee Smollett
Denzel Whitaker James Farmer Jr.
Jermaine Williams Hamilton Burgess
Gina Ravera Ruth Tolson
John Heard Sheriff Dozier
Kimberly Elise Pearl Farmer
Devyn Tyler Helen Farmer
Trenton Boyd Nathaniel Farmer

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Dec 30, 2007 - MisterMajestic on The Great Debaters
Simply Great

I don't know how Denzel does it but he gives another outstanding Leading performance. The young cast of "The Great Debaters" carried this movie and we will see them in future films. Great plot, Great Directing, Great acting, Great movie...

The movie is worth the admission price...

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