Paramount at the Movies Presents: The Great Debaters [PG-13]
Movies | 04/21/2021 | 3:00PM
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When the nation was in need, he inspired them to give us hope.
Poet and professor Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) teaches at the predominately black Wiley College in 1935 Texas. He decides to start a debate team, something nearly unheard of at a black college. While at first, he butts heads with the influential father (Forest Whitaker) of one of his best debaters, eventually he is able to form a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard’s prestigious debate champions.
Did you know?
- On December 19, 2007, Denzel Washington announced a $1 million dollar gift to Wiley College, so they could re-establish their debate team.
- This movie was the first since 1979 to be allowed to film on Harvard’s campus.
- The diploma hanging in Dr. James Farmer’s study is an authentic copy provided to the art department by Boston University archivist Kara Jackman.
- Denzel Whitaker, who plays Forest Whitaker’s character’s son, is not related to him or Denzel Washington.
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