Denzel Washington is a professor who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students into an elite debate team.
U.S. Release DateThe Great Debaters release date was Tuesday, December 25, 2007.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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Rating MPAAPG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality
Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and inspired by a true story, "The Great Debaters" chronicles the journey of a brilliant but volatile coach (Denzel Washington) who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small, modest black college in East Texas into an elite debate team while challenging the social mores of the time, culminating with a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard's championship team.