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The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters is based on a true story of Mel Tolson (Denzel Washington), a Texas professor who encourages his African-American students to believe they can take on the world. In 1935, he puts together and coaches a debate team, hoping they can compete against Harvard University in an upcoming championship. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 126
Theater Release: 24 Dec 2007
Video Release: 11 Jan 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Denzel Washington also stars in Remember the Titans, another film about conquering racial prejudice. In Akeelah and the Bee a young African-American girl takes on the challenges of the National Spelling Bee with the help of a dedicated coach.

Home Video Extra Features

The Great Debatersreleases on Blu-ray on January 11, 2011.

DVD Release Date: 13 May 2008

The Great Debaters takes to the DVD stage and delivers its message along with an audio commentary, deleted scenes, music videos, and a text/photo gallery. Featurettes on music, casting, costume design and the poetry of Melvin Tolson are also included. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital Stereo (English).

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