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, Wide Release
Gross USA: $18,811,135, 16 July 2006
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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At the national bee, Javier, Akeelah and Dylan are wearing the numbers 28, 36 and 62, respectively. Since all three come from the same region, their numbers should be within one of each other. 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
Referenced in Zombie Apocalypse
Day by Day
Written by Stephanie Jones
(as S. Jones)
Performed by Stephanie Jones
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