The Great Debaters rating info

The Great Debaters

Overall B+

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.

Violence C-
Sexual Content C
Profanity B
Substance Use C

Why is The Great Debaters rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Great Debaters PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality.

Run Time: 126 minutes

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Why is The Great Debaters rated PG-13? The Great Debaters is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality.

This inspirational story of a small black college’s debate team during the 1930s provides a glimpse into African American history during the dark years of the Great Depression. Scenes of violence, torture and prejudice toward black people may be disturbing to viewers, although the film never becomes gratuitous in this area. Men are seen beating others, one man is shown with major injuries to his face, and mobs are depicted chasing men and attempting to lynch them. Perhaps the most violent moment is the explicit depiction of a burning body hung from a cross, including close-ups of the man’s legs. The corpse is also seen falling from the cross to the ground. Sexual content includes an encounter between an unmarried man and woman (embracing and kissing in bed is followed by a scene of them waking up the next morning covered only with bed sheets). Language is limited to mild profanities and a few terms of deity, however racial slurs and derogatory names for African Americans are heard many times (spoken both by blacks and whites). Characters are seen drinking alcohol, some to the point of drunkenness (one man picks a fight with another while they are inebriated). A principle character smokes a pipe.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, Coarse Language, Sexually Suggestive Scene.
Alberta PG
Manitoba PG Mature Theme.
Ontario PG Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children, Disturbing Content.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "The Great Debaters"

Cast and Crew

The Great Debaters is directed by Denzel Washington and stars Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Great Debaters movie is January 11, 2011. Here are some details…

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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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.

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