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2007 – The Great Debaters

Glen as Harvard Debater #1

Directed by: Denzel Washington
Written by: Robert Eisele
Produced by: Oprah Winfrey, Todd Black, Kate Forte, Joe Roth
Production year: 2006
Original release: December 25, 2007 (USA)
Running time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
Other cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise
Misc: IMDB | Amazon | iTunes

Poet and professor Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) teaches at the predominately black Wiley College in 1935 Texas. He decides to start a debate team, something nearly unheard of at a black college. While at first he butts heads with the influential father (Forest Whitaker) of one of his best debators, eventually he is able to form a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard’s prestigious debate champions.