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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
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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 (factual errors): On the train, the combine is placed between the coach and the observation car, and the baggage car is in the back. At the time, large pieces of freight, like combines, were put at the front of the train, behind the baggage car.
  • 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 James gets home after being selected for the debate team, he is holding his books with their spines towards his left arm. But when he sets them down to go speak with his father, the spines are towards his right.
  • 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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