Reviewed by: Saundra Gordon
What are the consequences of racial prejudice and false beliefs about the origin of races? Answer
|Featuring:||Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Kimberly Elise, Jurnee Smollett, Jermaine Williams, Gina Ravera, Bonnie Johnson, Robert Malitsky, [more]|
|Producer:||Molly Allen, Todd Black, David Crockett, Kate Forte, Joe Roth, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey|
“When the nation was in need, he inspired them to give us hope.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Inspired by a true story, ‘The Great Debaters’ chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African American college in the deep south into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views.”
The fact that this movie is based on a true story gives it merit and credibility. It depicts very graphically the struggles African Americans went through in order to be recognized as valid contenders for a college debate team.
Denzil Washington and Forrest Whitaker are excellent, as were all the actors.
Although it shows a redeeming ending, the graphic violence throughout much of the movie might be depressing, even for some adults. There was also some sensuality in the movie.
I recommend the film for older teens through adults.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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