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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
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

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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  • On December 19, 2007, Denzel Washington announced a $1 million dollar donation to Wiley College so they could re-establish their debate team.
  • This movie was the first since 1979 to be allowed to film on Harvard's campus.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The 1935 Wiley College debate team debated USC, not Harvard. In an interview, Denzel Washington said they used artistic license because Harvard has a better reputation.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Henry Lowe comes home drunk after viewing the lynching, he and James Farmer Jr struggle. The lamp constantly changes between upright and knocked over.
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