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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

 -  Drama  -  28 April 2006 (USA)
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A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

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Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Changing the world... one word at a time.

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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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A som i Akeelah  »

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$6,011,585 (USA) (28 April 2006)

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$18,811,135 (USA) (14 July 2006)
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The first film to be produced by Starbucks Coffee. See more »

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When Crenshaw Middle School celebrates Akeelah's placing third in the regional bee,an enlargement of an article about Akeelah from a local paper is shown in the background. Zooming in, you can see that the names of the school principal and Akeelah's chief rival do not match their names in the film. The principal is "Bob" Welch, according to the opening scene in the schoolyard; the article names him as "Marvin." Similarly, Dylan's surname is "Chiu" in the film, but in the article, his surname is an 8-letter name beginning with W or M. Clearly the article prop was made before the names of the characters were finalized. See more »

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Akeelah: Okay. But when I'm at the bee, and they tell me to spell some little fish from Australia or some weird bacteria on the moon, we're going to wish we'd done a little bit more "rotemorizing" and not so much essay reading. If you don't mind me saying.
Dr. Larabee: Bacteria don't exist on the moon.
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References Shazam! (1974) See more »

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Day by Day
Written by Stephanie Jones (as S. Jones)
Performed by Stephanie Jones
Courtesy of Stephanie Jones
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A "One of a Million" Film indeed!
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Akeelah and the Bee was a film in which not only inspired me as an individual, but specifically a young Black male individual. Finally, a film in which Black males running around shooting guns and sexing/ mistreating women. A film in which shows a young Black girl coming from an urban neighborhood, raised by a single mother, but still motivated and inspired to use her gift of spelling to the highest degree. During my time watching this film: my emotions were overwhelmed with a sense of positive energy in which inspired me to be motivated to continue doing my best in life: not settling for excuses for where I grew up, the failures I encountered and taking every bit of my negative past to strengthen my positive future. Finally a film where an African American student is demonstrated as brilliant and intelligent!


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