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.
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 USA: $6,011,585,
30 April 2006
Gross USA: $18,848,430
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $18,948,425
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
Filmed in 31 days with a budget of $6 million. See more
Kiana's baby is an infant at the beginning of the movie. A year later, her infant car seat is shown with the family. The baby does not appear to age. See more
I'm naturally inquisitive.
Yes, which is also sometimes confused with being naturally obnoxious.
Written by Bootsy Collins
Performed by Bootsy Collins
Courtesy of Bootzilla Productions Inc. See more