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Release Date:
25 December 2007 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
When the nation was in need, he inspired them to give us hope.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Denzel Washington ... Melvin B. Tolson

Nate Parker ... Henry Lowe

Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Samantha Booke (as Jurnee Smollett)

Denzel Whitaker ... James Farmer Jr.

Jermaine Williams ... Hamilton Burgess

Forest Whitaker ... Dr. James Farmer Sr.

Gina Ravera ... Ruth Tolson

John Heard ... Sheriff Dozier

Kimberly Elise ... Pearl Farmer

Devyn A. Tyler ... Helen Farmer (as Devyn Tyler)

Trenton McClain Boyd ... Nathaniel Farmer

Ritchie Montgomery ... Deputy

Jackson Walker ... Pig Owner

Tim Parati ... Pig Farmer

Robert X. Golphin ... Dunbar Reed

Justice Leak ... Harland Osbourne

Glen Powell ... Harvard Debater #1 (as Glen Powell Jr.)
Brad Watkins ... Harvard Debater #2
Brian Smiar ... Harvard Dean

Damien Leake ... Wilson

Voltaire Sterling ... Paul Quinn Debater #1 (as Voltaire Rico Sterling)

Stephen Rider ... Paul Quinn Debater #2

Gordon Danniels ... Paul Quinn Debate Judge

Donny Boaz ... Oklahoma City College Debater #1
Samuel Elliott Whisnant ... Oklahoma City College Debater #2 (as Sam Whisnant)

Bonnie Johnson ... Dr. Jennings
Charissa Allen ... Benita

Michael Beasley ... Trudell
Gary Mathis ... Enormous Man

George Wilson ... Samuel
Fahnlohnee R. Harris ... Clementine (as Fahnlohnee Harris)
Harold Evans ... William Taylor (as Harold X. Evans)

J.D. Evermore ... Captain Wainwright

Sharon Jones ... Lila
Kelvin Payton ... Joseph
Southey Blanton ... White Labor Organizer

Michael Mattison ... White Sharecropper #1
Jeff Braun ... White Sharecropper #2
Milton R. Gipson ... Prairie View Professor

Frank Ridley ... Security Guard

Jeremiah Kissel ... Radio Announcer at Harvard Debate
Jack Radosta ... White Man at Lynching

Marcus Lyle Brown ... Howard Debater #1
Alvin Youngblood Hart ... Juke Joint Musician #1 (as Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart)
Dom Flemons ... Juke Joint Musician #2 (as Dominique Flemons)
Justin Robinson ... Juke Joint Musician #3
Rhiannon Giddens ... Juke Joint Musician #4
Ahmad Powell ... Fisk Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael C. 'Mike' Allen ... Deputy Texas Ranger (uncredited)

Kevin Beard ... Klansman at Lynching (uncredited)
Ellen Becker-Gray ... Faculty at Harvard Debate (uncredited)
Chad Boldini ... Harvard Debate Attendee (uncredited)

Crystal Brown-Tatum ... Female Teacher / Dance Chaperone (uncredited)

Gio Castellano ... Harvard Debate Attendee (uncredited)
Thomas Cataloni ... Sailor (uncredited)

Michael DeMello ... Debate Observer (uncredited)
Roger Dillingham Jr. ... Upscale Traveler (uncredited)

Sal DiMino ... Reporter (uncredited)

Curtis Eames ... Reporter (uncredited)

Brian D. Evans ... Harvard Student (uncredited)

Benjamin Fisher ... Harvard Student (uncredited)

Jaishon Fisher ... Newspaper Boy (uncredited)

Jamai Fisher ... Kid at Train Station (uncredited)

Steve Flynn ... Harvard Dean (uncredited)
Hevin Hampton ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Joel B. Hayden ... Harvard Professor (uncredited)
Patrick Mel Hayes ... Harvard Alumni (uncredited)
Alex Korna ... Harvard Student (uncredited)
Kenneth Lecompte ... Share Cropper and Grocer (uncredited)

Jimmy Lee Jr. ... Lyncher (uncredited)
Aqua Lee ... Juke Joint Couple (uncredited)
Robert Masiello ... Harvard Alumni (uncredited)
Josh McBride ... Harvard Student (uncredited)
Paul McGillicuddy ... Harvard Debate Attendee (uncredited)
Alex Milne ... Shoe Shine Boy (uncredited)
Tarek Moussa ... Harvard Student (uncredited)

Jason Mulcahy ... Harvard Student (uncredited)

Ed O'Keefe ... Harvard Scholar (uncredited)
Giovanni Pantaleo ... Havard Student (uncredited)
Cory Patt ... Wiley Student (uncredited)

James Paul ... Riot Starter (uncredited)
Jeannie Perrin ... Lynching Participant (uncredited)

Todd Poudrier ... Radio Tech (uncredited)

Breon Pugh ... Wiley Debater (uncredited)
Alan Resnic ... Harvard Scholar (uncredited)
Robert M. Saunders ... Harvard Student (uncredited)
Cory Reed Smith ... Harvard Debate Attendee (uncredited)
Scott Sousa ... Harvard Student (uncredited)
Heath Stewart ... Reserve Harvard Debater (uncredited)

Bill Stinchcomb ... Lynch Mob (uncredited)

Ruth Sullivan ... Student (uncredited)
Ian Wallace ... Harvard Student (uncredited)
Mario Wanza ... Wiley Student (uncredited)

Donald Warnock ... The Chief Harvard Judge (uncredited)

Mike Wendt ... Havard Student (uncredited)

Russell Woron-Simons ... Harvard Debate Attendee (uncredited)
Adam Zalt ... Harvard Student / Navy Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Denzel Washington 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Eisele (screenplay)

Robert Eisele (story) &
Jeffrey Porro (story)

Tony Scherman (inspired by the American Legacy article)

Produced by
Molly Allen .... co-producer
Todd Black .... producer
David Crockett .... executive producer
Kate Forte .... producer
Melody Fowler .... associate producer: Harpo Films
Joe Roth .... producer
Valeria Scoon .... associate producer: Harpo Films (as Valerie Scoon)
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Oprah Winfrey .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Golub 
James Newton Howard 
 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Breinholt (co-editor)
Hughes Winborne 
 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
 
Production Design by
David J. Bomba 
 
Art Direction by
John R. Jensen 
 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Cassidy 
 
Costume Design by
Sharen Davis 
 
Makeup Department
Belinda Anderson .... key hair stylist
Matiki Anoff .... key makeup artist
Kristen Barry .... hair stylist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Anneliese Boise .... special makeup effects artist: hair (as Anneliese Boies)
Andrea Bowman .... hair stylist
Jack Bricker .... special makeup effects artist: hair
Nikki I Brown .... makeup artist (as Nikki Brown)
Elizabeth Cecchini .... hair stylist
Larry M. Cherry .... co-department head hair stylist (as Larry Cherry)
Larry M. Cherry .... hair stylist: Mr. Washington (as Larry Cherry)
Cheryl Daniels .... hair stylist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup department head
Valerie Gladstone-Appel .... first assistant hair stylist (as Valerie Gladstone)
LaToya Henderson .... makeup artist (as Latoya Green)
Janice Hudson .... hair stylist
Linda Lazar .... makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist
Gary Pawlowski .... mold maker
Denise Pugh-Ruiz .... first assistant makeup artist
Kellie Robinson .... makeup artist
Khanh Trance .... hair special effects: KNB EFX Group
Kenneth Walker .... department head hair stylist
Crystal Woodford .... hair stylist
Andrea Young .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kelly Carmichael .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
David Crockett .... unit production manager
Carla Gardini .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Michael Jackman .... executive in charge of post-production: The Weinstein Company (as Michael A. Jackman)
Eileen Malyszko Lee .... executive in charge of physical production: Harpo Fiulms
Jeff Maynard .... executive in charge of post-production: The Weinstein Company
Tracy McGrath .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
Brian McNulty .... post-production supervisor
Valerie Bleth Sharp .... production supervisor
Jeff Valeri .... production supervisor: Boston
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bott .... additional second assistant director
Natalie S. Brown .... dga trainee (as Natalie Brown)
Greg Hale .... second assistant director
Kali R. Harrison .... second second assistant director (as Kali Harrison)
Jono Oliver .... first assistant director
Eric Yellin .... additional key second assistant director: Boston
Tommy Martin .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dean Allison .... construction general foreman
John Bankson .... property master
Sean Bernard .... paint foreman
C. Alan Berry .... property assistant
Robert Bowden .... gang boss
Dillon Jim Breithaupt .... art department assistant
Helen Britten .... assistant set decorator
Kathy Brunswick .... construction buyer
Eddie Burcham .... set dresser (as Ed Burcham)
Andrew M. Casbon III .... scenic artist
Scott Childers .... construction foreman
Tom Christopher .... set dressing gang boss
Diane Davis .... construction medic
Kevin Fleming .... paint gang boss
Scott Forster .... construction foreman: Boston
Patrick Fuhrman .... on-set dresser
Shellie Gillespie .... art department coordinator
Susanna Glattly .... paint foreman
Chad Harris .... set dresser
Jerry G. Henery .... construction coordinator (as Jerry Henery)
Phillip Joffrion .... set dresser
Joey Kent .... set dresser
Andree Lago .... paint foreman
Steve Laks .... gang boss
Elizabeth Mire .... set dressing buyer
Larry Misselhorn .... greens foreman
Ryan Misselhorn .... greensman
Mike Monckton .... signwriter
John W. Morgan .... stand-by painter (as John Morgan)
Deborah Norris Jensen .... set dressing assistant (as Deborah R. Norris)
William Nutt .... on-set greensman
Cory Parker .... set dressing gang boss
James Passanante .... paint supervisor
Adele Plauche .... set designer
Virle S. Reid .... assistant property master (as Virle Reid)
Sonda L. Rowland .... painter
Tommy Samona .... lead man
Rob Simons .... assistant art director
Floyd B. Sterling .... set dresser
Gary Damian Thomas .... storyboard artist (as Gary Thomas)
Gordon Thomas .... set dresser
Azhriaz Vanashta .... paint gang boss
Jason Wilson .... propmaker
Paul Wilson .... scenic foreman: Boston
Eric Wolfe .... carpenter
Keith Abel .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cecile Aymami .... scenic (uncredited)
Adam D. Bouchard .... inflatable mannequins wrangler (uncredited)
Gail Briant .... scenic gangboss (uncredited)
Debbie Cutler .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Jennifer Engel .... leadman: Boston (uncredited)
Joey Gbur .... propmaker (uncredited)
J.D. Jacoby .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jason Glenn Jimes .... painter (uncredited)
Lindanne Lewis .... painter (uncredited)
Rebecca McKibben .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ryan McPeake .... construction medic (uncredited)
Eric Orr .... prop assistant (uncredited)
Adam Roffman .... prop assistant: Boston (uncredited)
Christopher Sawtelle .... set dresser (uncredited)
John N. Wood .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kami Asgar .... supervising sound editor
Richard Branca .... post-production sound facility manger: Sony Pictures Studios
Stacy Brownrigg .... production sound mixer
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Anita Cannella .... foley artist
Dorian Cheah .... sound designer
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
Kim Drummond .... adr supervisor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby
Scott G.G. Haller .... dialogue editor
Steven Huerstel .... cable person
Kevin Jette .... adr mixer
Amy Kane .... foley artist
Jonathan Klein .... supervising foley editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Tateum Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard London .... adr mixer
John Marquis .... sound effects editor
Herwig Maurer .... sound effects editor
Julianne McCormack .... post-production sound facility manger: Sony Pictures Studios
Sean McCormack .... supervising sound editor
Erin Oakley .... adr editor
Greg Orloff .... supervising sound mixer
Fred Peck III .... sound mix recordist
Eryne Prine .... assistant sound editor
Elizabeth Rainey .... foley artist
Jacob Riehle .... first assistant sound editor
Carmine Rubino .... foley mixer
Brian Smith .... adr mixer
Gary A. Theard .... boom operator
Tim Tuchrello .... sound effects editor
Jon Wakeham .... sound effects editor
Mark Agostino .... pro tools playback operator (uncredited)
Shawn Harper .... sound utility (uncredited)
Jarrett Simon .... utility sound: Boston (uncredited)
Jared Watt .... additional sound utility (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chris Cera .... special effects moldmaker
Jeff Edwards .... special effects artist
Joe Giles .... special effects moldmaker
Brian Goehring .... special effects moldmaker
Steve Hartman .... special effects artist
Grady Holder .... special effects moldmaker
Carey Jones .... special effects artist
Jim Leonard .... special effects moldmaker
Jack Lynch .... special effects supervisor
Tony Matijevich .... special effects artist (as Anthony Matijavich)
Christina Presita .... special effects artist (as Christina Prestia)
Caleb Schneider .... special effects artist
Andy Schoneberg .... special effects sculptor (as Andy Scghoenberg)
Shannon Shea .... special effects shop foreman
Lino Stavole .... special effects moldmaker
A.J. Venuto .... special effects moldmaker (as AJ Venuto)
David Wogh .... special effects mechanic (as Dave Wogh)
Jeffery D. Woodrel .... special effects coordinator (as Jeff Woodrel)
Javier Zepeda .... special effects sculptor
Bob Trevino .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brian McNulty .... visual effects producer
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Austin Anderson .... horse trainer
Kevin Beard .... stunts
Bobby Beckles .... stunts (as Bob Beckles)
Gregg Brazzel .... stunts
Tim DeWayne .... stunts (as Tim Antwine)
Lex D. Geddings .... stunts
Thirl Haston .... stunts
Jim Henry .... stunts
Jack Little .... stunts
Eric Norris .... stunts
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Pope)
Robert Powell .... stunt double: Tolson
Steven Ritzi .... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Ritzi)
Russell Towery .... stunts
Gus Williams .... stunts
Joe Williams .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abeyta .... electrician (as Phillip Abeyta)
Tarik Naim Alherimi .... best boy rigging electrician
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
Bob Bates .... balloon light technician
Stephen Beasley .... rigging gaffer (as Steve Beasley)
Patrick Bensimmon .... additional camera assistant
Giovanni Bommarito .... grip
Bryan Booth .... electrician
Xiomara Comrie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Xiomara Comrie .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Scott D. Davis .... rigging gaffer: Boston
John Gregory Edwards .... electrician
Eric Engler .... rigging electric: Boston
Jack English .... gaffer
Donny Fowler .... grip
Dan Furst .... video assist operator
Darryl Humber .... dolly grip
Gary Kelso .... grip
Mark La Bonge .... Steadicam operator
Mark La Bonge .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Lee .... still photographer
Sean J. O'Shea .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Sean O'Shea)
Myron Parran .... additional camera assistant
Frank Parrish .... additional camera assistant
Simone Perusse .... electrician
C. Alan Rawlins .... key grip (as Alan Rawlins)
Kerry Rawlins .... grip (as Kerry G. Rawlins)
Pamela Rittelmeyer .... camera operator: "b" camera
Pamela Rittelmeyer .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jacob Ross .... best boy rigging grip
Edwin Rubio .... rigging grip
Ted Sapp .... key rigging grip
Gina Scagnelli .... grip (as Gina Cassidy)
Riko Schatke .... best boy grip
Tiffani L. Stephenson .... film loader
Stephen Thorp .... electrician (as Steve Thorp)
Gary Tolbert .... aerial cinematographer
Tedd Underwood .... balloon technician
Jeremy Webre .... grip
Rick Cardillo .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Mark J. Casey .... rigging electric best boy (uncredited)
Robert Clark .... grip: Boston (uncredited)
Sean Cruz .... balloon light technician (uncredited)
Tim Driscoll .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Dru Dunnaway .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Kevin Gazdik .... key lighting balloon technician (uncredited)
Eric Goddard .... grip: Boston (uncredited)
Gonzalo Gonzalez .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Paul Goroff .... super technocrane operator (uncredited)
Guy Holt .... electrician (uncredited)
Dan Hutchinson .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Brent Swampy Mullins .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Robert Owen .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
T.J. Sebren .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Randy Tharpe .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Todd Thompson .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... aerial camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Natalie Ballesteros .... casting assistant
Kate Carlin .... adr voice casting
Angela Demo .... casting associate
Chris Gray .... key extras casting (as Christopher Gray)
Christian Juneau .... extras casting assistant
Tracy Kilpatrick .... location casting
Carolyn Pickman .... casting: Boston
Selisa Sirls .... extras casting associate
Lamar Williams .... extras casting assistant
Matt Bouldry .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Marisa Kushner .... extras casting: Boston (uncredited)
Aileen McCall .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gayle Anderson .... wardrobe production assistant
Yvonne Bastidos .... set costumer
Toby Bronson .... costumer (as Toby M. Bronson)
Megan Coates .... wardrobe production assistant
Renee Dodson .... costumer (as Renee Dodson Clapp)
Andree Fortier .... costumer
Bobbie Frankel .... costumer
Julia Gombert .... wardrobe textile artist
Mitzi Haralson .... set costumer
Dana Kay Hart .... costume supervisor (as Dana Hart)
Ren Heeralal .... costumer
Anaya Kellogg .... wardrobe production assistant
Krystle Lamoreaux .... costumer
Frances LeCompte .... seamstress
Kenneth Lecompte .... wardrobe production assistant
Max Newman .... wardrobe production assistant
Meriwether Nichols .... costumer
Frank Perry Rose .... costumer: Mr. Washington (as Frank Rose)
Riki Lin Sabusawa .... key costumer (as Riki Sabusava)
Felipe Sanchez .... costume illustrator
Giselle Spence .... key seamstress (as Gigi Spence)
Liz Staub .... costumer
Jodie Stern .... assistant costume designer
Susan Thomas .... costumer
Lauren Wade .... costumer
Rachel A. Walker .... costumer (as Rachel Walker)
Helen Wilson .... seamstress
Diah Wymont .... additional assistant costume designer
Rosa J. Colón .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Fran Cox .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Hillary Derby .... costumer (uncredited)
Rebecca Hofherr .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Alanna Keenan .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Love .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Alyson MacInnis .... costumer (uncredited)
Marienne O'Brien .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Roric Ruegsegger .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Ellen Ryba .... key costumer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Paul St. John .... costumer (uncredited)
Jessica L. Therrien .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Brittany Trusler .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Danny Vick .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Taryn Weaver .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Geraud Brisson .... additional editor
Pete Conlin .... post production
Ian Crockett .... post-production coordinator
Mo Henry .... negative manager: Efilm
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor: Efilm
Yvan Lucas .... colorist: Efilm
Allan Marasco .... apprentice editor
Christian Prejza .... digital intermediate producer: Efilm
Tom Reiser .... colorist assistant: Efilm
Lee Wimer .... color timer: Efilm
Marcel Wolthers .... assembly editor
Scott Freeman .... digitizer (uncredited)
Brian George .... colorist: Efilm (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chris Bacon .... technical score advisor (as Chris P. Bacon)
Maya Beiser .... musician: cello solo
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith .... musician: gospel choir
Hugh Burns .... musician: guitar
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Eddie Delena .... song recording engineer (as Eddie Delana)
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Grambling State University Band .... musician
Gavin Greenaway .... conductor: orchestra
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Stephen Hayes .... choir director: Wiley College
Dave Holden .... technical score advisor
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring mixer
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Charles Lacy .... musical director: Grambling State University Vand
Rachel Levy .... executive in charge of music: The Weinstein Company
Chris Lord .... assistant orchestrator
Charlotte Matthews .... assistant orchestra contractor
Barbara McDermott .... assistant music editor
Julia Newmann .... score assistant
Larry Pannell .... musical director: Grambling State University Band (as Dr. Larry Pannell)
John Parricelli .... musician: guitar
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Jeff Powell .... song recording engineer
Roger Rhodes .... song recording engineer
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Pamela J. Sollie .... score coordinator (as Pamela Sollie)
Adam Swart .... music consultant
Stuart Michael Thomas .... technical score advisor
Greg Vines .... score mix assistant
Rosemary Warren-Green .... orchestra leader
Bruce White .... viola
Wiley College Choir .... musician
Oscar Zambrano .... song recording engineer
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eric Lewis .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Sean Stolper .... additional music clearances (uncredited)
Stuart Michael Thomas .... score co-producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bobby Anderson .... picture car coordinator: Boston (as Bob Anderson)
Annette Ansley .... driver
Johnny B. Antwine .... driver
David Balsley .... driver (as Dave Balsley)
Richard Benavidez .... driver
Adrian Cannon .... driver
Bret Carroll .... driver
Richard A. Davis .... transportation captain (as Rick Davis)
John DeVay .... driver (as John Devay)
James C. Donahue .... transportation captain: Boston (as James Donahue)
Juan Echavarria .... driver
Monte Emery .... driver
Phil K. Frost .... driver
David Glavin .... driver (as Dave Glavin)
John Gregorio .... driver
Joseph M. Hancock .... driver (as Joe Hancock)
Gerald Hardy .... driver
Daniel Hines .... driver (as Dan Hines)
Robert Jepson .... driver
Richard Lengle .... driver (as Rich Lengle)
Jorge Loredo .... driver
Kim Magruder .... driver
Wende Martin .... driver (as Wende L. Martin)
Lori Maxwell .... transportation dispatcher
Dale Moser .... driver
Ted Moser .... transportation coordinator
Justin Nance .... transportation co-captain
William O'Brien .... transportation coordinator: Boston (as Billy O'Brien)
Deanna Panian .... driver
Eugene Purcell .... driver
Beverly Reeves .... driver
Gavin Roberson .... driver: Mr. Washington (as C. Gavin Robertson)
Bob 'Smitty' Smith .... driver: honeywagon
Timothy Stephens .... driver
Jorge Vasquez .... driver
Bill West .... driver (as Billy West)
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... driver: set dressing (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Danny 'Dano' Anderson .... production assistant (as Danny Anderson)
Natalia Anderson .... production secretary
Nicole Anderson .... craft service: Boston unit
Stephanetta Bingley .... assistant: Mr. Washington
Jenna Block .... assistant: Mr. Black
Alex Borys .... key assistant location manager
Karen Brady .... location scout
Rob Brown .... assistant: Mr. Crockett
Unjoo Lee Byars .... title producer: Pacific Title
Alison Cannon .... production accountant
Antravian D. Carter .... office production assistant (as Trae Carter)
Shaun Cobbs .... stand-in
Christine Coggins .... assistant: Mr. Black
Mona Coulter .... travel agent
Ian Crockett .... travel coordinator
Gino Crognale .... puppeteer
Michael Deak .... puppeteer
Christina DeCharles .... assistant location manager
Alex Diaz .... puppeteer
Kenneth Donaldson .... production assistant
Robert M. Donaldson .... location scout
Gino Falla .... first assistant accountant: Boston
Kevin Gaspard .... production assistant
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Dianne Grigsby .... dance consultant
Hodge Grigsby .... production assistant
Chad Hahne .... assistant: mrs. carmichael
Raine Hall .... location scout
Jason Halley .... production assistant
Lisa Halliday .... publicist: Harpo Films
Charles Harrington .... location consultant: Boston (as Charlie Harrington)
Terry L. Harris .... cast assistant
Terry L. Harris .... production assistant
Brendan Harvey .... office production assistant: Boston
Dan Haygood .... stand-in
David Heffler .... production assistant
David Hickey .... payroll accountant
Whitney Hicks .... stand-in
Jamie Horwitz .... second assistant accountant
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Nicki Johnson .... assistant production coordinator
Mindy Jones .... accounting clerk
Laine R. Kline .... executive in charge of business affairs: The Weinstein Company (as Laine Kline)
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance coordinator
Teresa Jolene Lee .... production assistant (as Theresa Lee)
Ronald J. Levin .... production counsel
Jeff N. Maclean .... location manager: Boston (as Jeff MacLean)
Daryll Manning .... stand-in
Phillip Messinger .... location scout
Greg Nicotero .... puppeteer
Steve Oare .... assistant location manager: Boston
Nannette Palmer .... set medic
Katrina Parsons .... assistant production coordinator: Boston (as Katrina Joy Parsons)
Rita Pearson .... executive assistant: Mr. Washington
Tammy Peck .... animal wrangler
Patrick Tendai Pfupajena .... production assistant (as Patrick Pfupajena)
Erik Proveaux .... catering chef
Jason Quimby .... additional production assistant
Allan Rafael .... set production assistant: Boston Unit
Alajahwon Ridgeway .... production assistant
Edgar Robles .... air conditioning technician: Air On Location
Kei Rowan-Young .... location manager
Antonio Caetano Santos .... office production assistant: Louisiana (as Antonio Santos)
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Bruce Schluter .... title designer: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Anne Scott .... first assistant accountant
Mark Sharon .... film runner
Frederick Shear .... second assistant accountant (as Fred Shear)
George Sholley .... production assistant
Scott Stein .... executive in charge of operations and business affairs: Harpo Films
Stream .... stand in: Journey Smollet
Brian Stuart .... craft service assistant
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Jules Sylvester .... wild animal wrangler (as Julian Sylvester)
Shannon Thompson .... assistant: Ms. Forte
Jeff Valeri .... production coordinator
Andria Warren .... production assistant
Ricky R. Weaver .... production assistant (as Rick Weaver)
Arthur Welch .... craft service assistant
Meredith Wieck .... office production assistant
Delano Wilson .... stand-in
Lois Yaroshefsky .... studio teacher
Joshua Youman .... location assistant: Boston (as Josh Youman)
Shaun Aponik .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Barbara Babb .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Ann Bennett .... archival research (uncredited)
Richard E. Carter II .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Joshua D. Clark .... location scout (uncredited)
Brooke Coleman .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Derek Cunningham .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ramses Del Hierro Ericstam .... key set production assistant (uncredited)
Catherine Feeny .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Huber .... set production assistant (uncredited)
James L. Jensen .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Mark Killian .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Brooke Lehman .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Jeffery Mannarini .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
David Margulis .... location scout (uncredited)
Meghan Maro .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew D. Miller .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Carter Mitchell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robin Máxkii .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
J.P. Ouellette .... staff set production assistant: Boston (uncredited)
Bill Parris .... production assistant (uncredited)
Colby E. Peterson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Plummer .... location assistant (uncredited)
Cali Pomes .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kim Quam .... set medic (uncredited)
Gregory M. Smith .... production assistant (uncredited)
Karen Stark .... location scout (uncredited)
Victoria Uychich .... background assistant (uncredited)
Mimi Watstein .... production assistant (uncredited)
John West .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Thomas Freeman .... thanks (as Dr. Thomas Freeman)
Clarice P. Lowe .... thanks
J. Marie McCleary .... thanks
Melvin B. Tolson Jr. .... thanks (as Dr. Melvin B. Tolson Jr.)
Henrietta Wells .... thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality
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126 min
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Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44005)

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Drake (the rapper) auditioned for a role in that movie.See more »
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Continuity: 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.See more »
Quotes:
Melvin B. Tolson:Anybody know who Willie Lynch was? Anybody? Raise your hand. No one? He was a vicious slave owner in the West Indies. The slave-masters in the colony of Virginia were having trouble controlling their slaves, so they sent for Mr. Lynch to teach them his methods. The word "lynching" came from his last name. His methods were very simple, but they were diabolical. Keep the slave physically strong but psychologically weak and dependent on the slave master. Keep the body, take the mind.See more »
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References Men in White (1934)See more »
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My Soul is a WitnessSee more »

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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Elucidating entertainment, 28 December 2007
Author: msims1 from Palm Harbor, FL

THE GREAT DEBATERS is a movie-going treat, with young people exemplifying truth, respect, pride and dignity. In an entertaining way, with some preaching, this movie shows four African-American debaters succeeding in the face of adversity, growing stronger with success AND defeat. Their debates are lively and thought provoking.

However, before, during and after these contests, other serious and complicated issues are revealed. Two of these issues deal with a confrontation on the road between two farmers and a minister, and a lynching in the middle of the night. Both are reflections of the time, unsettling and disturbing to those in the movie and in the audience.

This is not family entertainment, nor is it mindless entertainment. It has no gratuitous sex, but there is a hint of romance. It is fast paced, but the action is verbal – not physical. THE GREAT DEBATERS lives up to its name in that it has something for everyone, and not everyone will like it. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a quality film that will be debated by all who see it!

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