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The Great Debaters

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.

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Released: Dec 25th, 2007
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Rating:
Runtime: 124 Minutes
Genres: Biography / Drama
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The Great Debaters Main Cast

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Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
plays Melvin B. Tolson
Nate Parker
Nate Parker
plays Henry Lowe
Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett
plays Samantha Booke
Denzel Whitaker
Denzel Whitaker
plays James Farmer Jr.
Jermaine Williams
Jermaine Williams
plays Hamilton Burgess
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): When Samantha is participating in her first debate at Oklahoma City, she mentions World War I in her argument. In 1935, this war would have been referred to as the "Great War", since a World War II had not yet occurred.
  • This movie was the first since 1979 to be allowed to film on Harvard's campus.
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): In the final debate against Harvard, James Farmer Jr. goes to the hot seat and clicks a ballpoint pen closed. The movie is set in 1935; the ballpoint pen was patented in 1938.
  • On December 19, 2007, Denzel Washington announced a $1 million dollar donation to Wiley College so they could re-establish their debate team.
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