The Great Debaters

2007, Movie, PG-13, 123 mins

The Great Debaters
Polished, pokey and cloyingly formulaic, Denzel Washington's directing follow-up to ANTWONE FISHER is a Harpo — as in Oprah spelled backwards — Production all the way.

Marshall, Texas, 1935. As a new school year dawns amid the darkest days of the Jim Crow South, Wiley College professor Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) has chosen what he hopes will be the school's strongest debate team yet. Out of 45 candidates from the all-black Methodist college's 249 students, Tolson has chosen four of the most promising to compete against other schools as part of Wiley's Forensic Society: restless Henry Lowe (Nate Parker), a natural-born speaker newly returned after a two-ye...

Released: 2007 Rated: PG-13 Length: 123 mins

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