The Great Debaters
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The Great Debaters
Rating & Content Info
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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|British Columbia||PG||Violence, Coarse Language, Sexually Suggestive Scene.|
|Ontario||PG||Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children, Disturbing Content.|
|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..
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).