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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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Did You Know?
Angela Basset and Lawrence Fishburne appeared together in Whats Love Got To Do With It as Ike and Tina Turner (1993). See more
On Akeelah's spelling test with a grade of 100%, word 3 is spelled "bacause". See more
I'm naturally inquisitive.
Yes, which is also sometimes confused with being naturally obnoxious.
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Written by Keke Palmer
(as Lauren Palmer), Loreal Palmer
and Sharon Palmer
Performed by Loreal Palmer See more