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Akeelah and the Bee [Blu-ray] [2006]

  • SKU: 32783188
  • Release Date: 05/30/2017
  • Rating: PG

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

    Special Features

    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Inside the Mind of Akeelah
    • Keke Palmer "All My Girlz"
    • Mkaing of Akeelah and the Bee
    • Music Video
    • Two Peas in a Pod


    Akeelah and the Bee
    A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), who was left on her own after the death of her husband. While Akeelah is a very bright girl, she's hardly a star student and seems afraid of acting like a bookworm around her friends and classmates. However, Akeelah's teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school's spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the talent to win. Akeelah applies herself and emerges victorious in the local competition, but discovers the going gets tougher when she goes to a statewide bee, studying for the regionals under the aegis of strict English teacher Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), who consents to act as her coach A college professor who was a spelling-bee champ as a child, Larabee is a stubborn taskmaster who questions Akeelah's ability and commitment, but in time he develops a respect for his pupil and helps her prove her talent as she climbs the ladder to the National Spelling Bee. Meanwhile, Tanya feels intimidated when she finds the contests are dominated by children from wealthy families and privileged backgrounds, and argues that the competition may not be in Akeelah's best interest, believing instead that homework should be the one and only priority in Akeelah's life. It soon becomes apparent that if Akeelah has any intention of entering the national spelling bee championships in Washington, D.C., she will not do so with Tanya's permission or blessing. This marks the first onscreen reunion of Bassett and Fishburne since their Academy Award-nommed performances as Ike Turner and Tina Turner in Brian Gibson's 1993 biopic, What's Love Got to Do with It. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Laurence Fishburne
      Laurence Fishburne - Dr. Larabee
    • Angela Bassett
      Angela Bassett - Tanya
    • Keke Palmer
      Keke Palmer - Akeelah Anderson
    • Curtis Armstrong
      Curtis Armstrong - Mr. Welch
    • Tzi Ma
      Tzi Ma - Mr. Chiu

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      ~Look out! It's a bee!~


      I really like this movie is nice... but too wordy. I look at how hard Akkelah studies and W-O-W! She really wants to win the Bee! I am not a real good speller, so this movie was just.. a movie. For all you spellers out there, if you want to be in the Spelling Bee one day in your life, then see if you can spell the words in the movie! If yes, you are ready!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Third Time And Still Great Chemistry


      Angela and Lawerence are at it again, playing opposite of each ohter in this beautifully scripted movie about Inner-city youth with the knack of spelling words. A great family movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A heartwarming family movie


      I had to purchase this movie when I lost the other one while moving. Akeela and Bee I must keep in my movie collection. A real inspirational movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Story


      It shows that you can achieve something if you believe in yourself. But the movie itself was pretty slow.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nicely made

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      I bought this for my son who's competing for the regionals.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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