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The Great Debaters By the time Oscar winners Washington and Whitaker — as rival influences on an all-black debate team — collide on screen in The...The Great DebatersDramaPT123MPG-13 By the time Oscar winners Washington and Whitaker — as rival influences on an all-black debate team — collide on screen in The...2008-05-02Jermaine WilliamsMGM
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The Great Debaters

Genre: Drama; Starring: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jermaine Williams; Director: Denzel Washington; Author: Robert Eisele; Release Date Limited: 12/25/2007; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 123; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: MGM

By the time Oscar winners Washington and Whitaker — as rival influences on an all-black debate team — collide on screen in The Great Debaters, any excitement around their scenes is deflated by the manufactured drama of this true-life historical lesson. Director Washington films the story of Wiley College’s 1935 debate champions like a clichéd sports movie — one that lacks complexity or suspense. EXTRAS Spirited interviews with surviving Wiley debaters; gushing from starstruck producer Oprah Winfrey: ”I hope that in my lifetime I get…to work with Forest as an actor.” C+

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