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The Great Debaters

Directed by Denzel Washington
United States, 2007
Comedy, Biography


When African American poet Mel Tolson (Denzel Washington, who also directs) creates a debate team at historically black Wiley College in the 1930s, he pushes the team to a level of excellence that allows them to take on Harvard University.

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The Great Debaters Directed by Denzel Washington

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

2007 | Winner: Freedom of Expression Award

Golden Globes (USA)

2008 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Drama

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2007 | Winner: Josephine Baker Award

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