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The Great Debaters

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Original title
The Great Debaters
Year
Running time
123 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Robert Eisele, Tony Scherman (Story: Jeffrey Porro)
Music
Peter Golub, James Newton Howard
Cinematography
Philippe Rousselot
Cast
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Producer
Harpo Films / Marshall Production / The Weinstein Company
Genre
Drama | Based On A True Story. Schools & University. Education. 1930s
Synopsis / Plot
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Tolson was a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African-American college in the Deep South into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views. In their pursuit for excellence, Tolson's debate team receives a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard University's championship team.
Awards
2007: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Movie Drama
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