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.
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Akeelah's bedroom desktop computer is a custom-built personal computer, consisting of a 1994 17" NEC MultiSync 5FG VGA CRT monitor originally designed for Macintosh and later for Windows 95/98, a Micro Innovations KB400i 108-key keyboard designed for Windows XP, and a Micro Innovations PD450P Optical Scroll mouse. If you look closely during the montage of Akeelah taking lessons from Dr. Larabee through the radio, when she is on the computer, it clearly appears to display a Classic-themed Windows XP desktop. See more
The plaque on the wall in Dr. Larabee's office, which he makes Akeelah read, wrongly attributes the quote to Nelson Mandela's 1994 inaugural speech. This is a common mistake, but Nelson Mandela has never used that quote in any of his published speeches. The quote is from Marianne Williamson an American spiritual activist. See more
[Javier has just kissed her
Why'd you do that?
I had an impulse. Are you gonna sue me for sexual harassment?
[pause, then they both laugh
Written by Heather Small
and Peter John Vettese
(as Peter Vettese)
Performed by Heather Small
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (U.K.) Limited See more
28 April 2006 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Akeelah and the Bee
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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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