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 <email@example.com>
Changing the world... one word at a time.
28 April 2006 (USA)
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Also Known As:
A som i Akeelah
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Opening Weekend: $6,011,585
(28 April 2006)
(14 July 2006)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Akeelah watches the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN right before her school's event on April 14th. The Scripps event is held in late May or early June and ESPN usually does not broadcast old competitions. See more
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.
Bacteria don't exist on the moon.
Referenced in 2007 Camie Awards
Wake Up Everybody
Written by Victor Carstarphen
(as Victor Leon Carstarphen), Gene McFadden
and John Whitehead
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
(as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes)
Courtesy of Epic Records
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