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, Wide Release
Gross USA: $18,811,135, 16 July 2006
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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The desktop computer on Akeelah's bedroom desk is a custom-built personal computer, consisting of an NEC MultiSync 3FGx CRT monitor designed for Windows 95, 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 radio, when she is on the computer, it clearly appears to display a Windows XP desktop. See more
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
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
[commentating on TV
Several of the kids placed very high in last year's bee, especially Dylan Chiu. He's come in second two years in a row.
Kick his butt, Akeelah! B-U-T-T, butt!
Referenced in 2007 Camie Awards
Definition of Love
Written by Jimmy Jam
(as James Harris III), Terry Lewis
and Big Jim Wright
(as James Q. Wright)
Performed by Deborah Cox
Additional vocals by Keke Palmer
(as KeKe Palmer), Michelle Williams
, Shelea Frazier
& Place Called Home Choir
(as A Place Called Home Choir)
Produced by Jimmy Jam
, Terry Lewis
& Big Jim Wright
(as James "Big Jim" Wright) for Flyte Tyme Productions,
Inc. See more