The Great Debaters

When the nation was in need, he inspired them to give us hope.

The Great Debaters (2007)

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Inspired by a true story, Washington shines as a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.

Director: Denzel Washington

The Great Debaters Viooz
Score: 7.2/10 from 22 votes
Release Date: 2007-12-27
Status: Released
Run time: 126 min / 2:6
Production Company : The Weinstein Company
Production Country: United States of America

Casts

Denzel Washington
as Melvin B. Tolson
Jurnee Smollett
as Samantha Booke
Nate Parker
as Henry Lowe
Forest Whitaker
as Dr. James Farmer Sr.
Denzel Whitaker
as James Farmer Jr.
Kimberly Elise
as Pearl Farmer
Jermaine Williams
as Hamilton Burgess
Gina Ravera
as Ruth Tolson
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
as Samantha Booke (as Jurnee Smollett)
John Heard
as Sheriff Dozier
Devyn A. Tyler
as Helen Farmer (as Devyn Tyler)
Trenton McClain Boyd
as Nathaniel Farmer
Ritchie Montgomery
as Deputy
Jackson Walker
as Pig Owner
Tim Parati
as Pig Farmer
Robert X. Golphin
as Dunbar Reed
Justice Leak
as Harland Osbourne
Glen Powell
as Harvard Debater #1 (as Glen Powell Jr.)
Brad Watkins
as Harvard Debater #2
Brian Smiar
as Harvard Dean
Damien Leake
as Wilson
Voltaire Sterling
as Paul Quinn Debater #1 (as Voltaire Rico Sterling)
Stephen Rider
as Paul Quinn Debater #2
Gordon Danniels
as Paul Quinn Debate Judge
Donny Boaz
as Oklahoma City College Debater #1
Samuel Elliott Whisnant
as Oklahoma City College Debater #2 (as Sam Whisnant)
Bonnie Johnson
as Dr. Jennings
Charissa Allen
as Benita
Michael Beasley
as Trudell
Gary Mathis
as Enormous Man
Georges Wilson
as Samuel
Fahnlohnee R. Harris
as Clementine (as Fahnlohnee Harris)
Harold Evans
as William Taylor (as Harold X. Evans)
J.D. Evermore
as Captain Wainwright
Sharon Jones
as Lila
Kelvin Payton
as Joseph
Southey Blanton
as White Labor Organizer
Michael Mattison
as White Sharecropper #1
Jeff Braun
as White Sharecropper #2
Milton R. Gipson
as Prairie View Professor
Frank Ridley
as Security Guard
Jeremiah Kissel
as Radio Announcer at Harvard Debate
Jack Radosta
as White Man at Lynching
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Howard Debater #1
Alvin Youngblood Hart
as Juke Joint Musician #1 (as Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart)
Dom Flemons
as Juke Joint Musician #2 (as Dominique Flemons)
Dom Flemons
as Juke Joint Musician #3
Rhiannon Giddens
as Juke Joint Musician #4
Ahmad Powell
as Fisk Professor

Crew

Directing Denzel Washington Director
Writing Robert Eisele Writer
Writing Jeffrey Porro Story
Production Molly Allen Co-Producer
Production Todd Black Producer
Production David Crockett Executive Producer
Production Kate Forte Producer
Production Melody Fowler Associate Producer
Production Joe Roth Producer
Production Valeria Scoon Associate Producer
Production Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Production Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Production Oprah Winfrey Producer
Sound Peter Golub Music
Sound James Newton Howard Music
Crew Philippe Rousselot Cinematography
Editing John Breinholt Editorial Coordinator
Editing Hughes Winborne Editor

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