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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

PG | | 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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... Akeelah
... Dr. Larabee
... Tanya
... Mr. Welch
... Javier (as JR Villarreal)
... Dylan
... Georgia (as Sahara Garey)
... Devon
... Terrence
... Kiana
... Derrick-T
... Ms. Cross
... Mr. Chiu
... Steve (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
... Polly
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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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Drama

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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A som i Akeelah  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,011,585, 30 April 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,811,135, 16 July 2006
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Filmed in 31 days with a budget of $6 million. See more »

Goofs

In the Scrabble scene at Javier's birthday party, Polly plays the word "acorn" on the right side of the board. When Dylan makes his move, "acorn" is on the left side. See more »

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Akeelah: [quoting Marianne Williamson] Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Dr. Larabee: Does that mean anything to you?
Akeelah: I don't know.
Dr. Larabee: It's written in plain English. What does it mean?
Akeelah:
Dr. Larabee:
Akeelah:
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References Shazam! (1974) See more »

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Proud
(2000)
Written by Heather Small and Peter John Vettese (as Peter Vettese)
Performed by Heather Small
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (U.K.) Limited
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Feel Good MOVIE to the tenth POWER!
11 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I was fortunate to see it at the Phx Film Festival and Lawrence Fishburn was at the movie doing a Q&A afterwords. The movie was great. The little 11 year old black girl, Akeelah was amazing and brave. Angela Bassett delivered the goods as the mother. This is the 2nd time she has worked with Lawrence. The best part of the movie was when they were in the garden and talking about Dr. Larabee's wife and daughter. It was also amazing when he was trying to make her concentrate by smashing things and making her jump rope. The scene where the MOM storms into the auditorium was intense also. Of course, BOOGER from REVENGE OF THE NERDS stole the scenes that he was in. He played a normal principal. Very good movie all the way around. Very good.


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