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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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 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
So whoever wins the school bee today gets to represent Crenshaw at the district bee next month.
Why would anybody want to represent a school where they can't even put doors on the toilet stalls?
Akeelah, if we can't show students can perform, we're not going to have money for books, let alone bathroom doors.
Now, I want you to do the bee today, okay?
So everyone can call me a freak and a brainiac? No, I ain't down for no spelling bee.
Well, maybe you'd be down for spending the ...
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Whatever It Takes
Written by Patrice Germain
Performed by Frankie
Courtesy of Lovecat Music
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