The Great Debaters [Blu-ray] [2007]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • Deleted scenes
  • The Great Debaters: an historical perspective
  • The Great Debaters: a heritage of music
  • "That's What My Baby Likes" music video
  • "My Soul is a Witness" music video
  • Actor/director Denzel Washington
  • Forest Whitaker on becoming James Farmer, Sr.
  • A new generation of actors
  • The 1930s wardrobe of Sharen Davis
  • The production designer of David J. Bomba

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.



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Historically sound

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    SpeakingFrankly
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    The issues that were debated are still relevant to our society and have shaped what America was at the time. The role of government is still argued today especially in the area of assistance for the poor or unemployed. Separate but equal polarized America for years but existed in our society as a norm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    alright

    Posted
    GetGwop

    This movie was good but a little to long for my liking. I believe they could have got the point across in a shorter amount of time. Denzel was great as always if you looking for a good family movie this is it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Debaters - Great Film!

    Posted
    Kaptainkosh

    Denzel Washington always delivers on his movies! He is an awesome actor and I highly recommend you buy this movie. The story line is a good one too! If you like Denzel movies this is a must see!!! Buy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining movie!

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    Horatio1
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    The Great Debaters is enjoyable despite following a formula. It keeps you interested and has a lot of heart.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    young actors

    Posted
    mstait

    the young actors in this movie were phenomenal! denzel and forrest whittaker were great, as usual, but it was definitely the younger generation who carried this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good good movie

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    musiclover
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    denzel is a great actor and this movie shows how good he is

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    Candy63
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    Excellent for Black history and self esteem. Great actors and story line

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very great film not to be missed!

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    SwingMachine
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    Strongly recommended Blu-Ray and a very good story

    I would recommend this to a friend



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