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The Great Debaters [Special Collector's Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [Eng/Fre] [2007]

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Overall Customer Rating:
4.2
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Special Features

  • Disc 1: Deleted scenes
  • The Great Debaters: an historical perspective
  • "That's What My Baby Likes", music video
  • "My Soul is a Witness", music video
  • Disc 2: The Great Debaters: a heritage of music
  • Scoring the Great Debaters with james Newton Howard & Peter Golub
  • Learning the art: our young actors go to debate camp
  • Forest Whitaker on becoming James Farmer, Sr.
  • A new generation of actors
  • The 1930's wardrobe of Sharen Davis
  • The production design of David J. Bomba
  • The poetry of Melvin B. Tolson

Synopsis

The Great Debaters
Drawing inspiration from the true story of a temperamental debate coach who molded the students of a small East Texas college into a formidable team that gave even Harvard's elite squad a run for their money, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters features the director himself as the ambitious educator, and Forest Whitaker as the resentful father of a student whose loyalties now lie almost exclusively with his coach. Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) is the kind of educator who truly recognizes the remarkable power of knowledge. An outspoken Wiley College professor who boldly challenged the discriminatory Jim Crow laws of the 1930s, Tolson's recognizes that his young debate students possess the spark of a new generation. Convinced that they could invoke great change if given the confidence and tools needed to do so, the tireless educator implores his students to take responsibility for the future while furtively attempting to protect them from his clandestine role as an organizer for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Chief among Tolson's promising young students is a 14-year-old prodigy named James Farmer, Jr. (Denzel Whitaker). Farmer's father, James Sr. (Forest Whitaker), is a renowned scholar and an important presence in the emerging student's life. Yet despite his formidable reputation, James Sr. has not yet learned how to truly harness the power of knowledge through action and assertion. James Jr. has seen the raving effects of racism all around him, and longs to live in a future where no one must be in fear simply because of the color of their skin. Other talented debaters on Tolson's team include fiercely independent student Henry Lowe (Nate Parker), and Samantha Brooke (Jurnee Smollett) -- the first ever female ever to join the Wiley College debate team. While most educators may not have recognized the remarkable potential of assembling such a disparate team, Tolson's unique vision truly set him apart from the pack as the team begins to experience a series of consecutive victories on their road to challenging Harvard at the National Championships. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Denzel Washington
    Denzel Washington - Melvin B. Tolson
  • Forest Whitaker
    Forest Whitaker - James Farmer Sr.
  • Nate Parker
    Nate Parker - Henry Lowe
  • Jurnee Smollett
    Jurnee Smollett - Samantha Booke
  • Denzel Whitaker
    Denzel Whitaker - James Farmer Jr.

Overall Customer Rating

4.2 (5 Reviews)
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