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    The Great Debaters

    The movie is a drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a poet and professor at Wiley College Texas, who forms a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard's prestigious debate champions.
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  • Actors of "The Great Debaters"

  • Characters of "The Great Debaters"

    Melvin B. Tolson. Character of The Great Debaters
    Helen Farmer. Character of The Great Debaters
    Played by: Devyn A. Tyler
    Harvard Student. Character of The Great Debaters
    Played by: Brian Smiar
  • Directors of "The Great Debaters"

    Denzel Washington. Director of The Great Debaters
    Denzel Washington
    Birthdate: 28 December 1954, Mount Vernon, New York, USA
  • Creators of "The Great Debaters"

    Robert Eisele. Director of The Great Debaters
    Robert Eisele
    Birthdate: 9 June 1948, Altadena, California, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "The Great Debaters"

    I.E. Weekly
    January 29, 2008

    Despite its transparent manipulations, the film is more decent than it deserves to be, particularly when the kids step up to the podium and get passionate

    Christian Science Monitor
    January 03, 2008

    The Great Debaters succeeds in bringing a lump to the throat without, as is de rigueur these days, insulting our intelligence.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    December 28, 2007

    The Great Debaters is well-acted, deeply felt and delivers a positive message about the importance of education.

    TIME Magazine
    December 28, 2007

    The film may be manipulative in its construction, and clich├ę-ridden in some of the incidents it recounts, but it has a good, large heart.

    Entertainment Weekly
    December 28, 2007

    ...The Great Debaters soars with words and feeling.
    September 08, 2008

    Washington directed as well as starred, and it is clear he has no trouble wearing both hats at once

    Sin Magazine
    August 22, 2008

    This is a wonderfully acted and directed movie, that has something important to say

    WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
    June 01, 2008

    I was having mediocre day and I walked out of the movie totally pumped up and ready for the rest of the day, even though it was 10pm at night.

    May 02, 2008

    There's a real organic sense in the film of how young minds can be nurtured and energized way beyond sex, sports and slacker attitude, into caring and evolving kid works-in-progress. And how debating can be pretty cool too, who knew?

    Laramie Movie Scope
    April 10, 2008

    The acting is great and care is taken to develop these characters into people we can root for.

    Las Vegas CityLife
    March 17, 2008

    Enough fictional liberties were taken with The Great Debaters to make it fit neatly on the inspirational genre shelf, but it's grounded in enough reality to excuse Eisle's we-shall-overcome contrivances

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