Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (American Gangster) directs and leads an ensemble cast with "strong, emotionally grounded performances" (New York Times) including Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland), Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Jurnee Smollett (Gridiron Gang, Beautiful Joe) and up-and-coming actors Nate Parker (Pride) and Denzel Whitaker (Training Day).
The Great Debaters chronicles Professor Melvin B. Tolson, a brilliant and steadfast debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of students from a small African American college into a historically renowned debate team. A critical favorite, The Great Debaters garnered numerous awards including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture, the African American Film Critics Award for Best Picture, the Stanley Kramer Award and the Freedom of Expression Award. Produced by Winfrey, David Crockett, Todd Black, Kate Forte, Joe Roth, Molly Allen and Melody Fowler, The Great Debaters "soars with words and feeling" (Entertainment Weekly). Featuring deleted scenes, multiple featurettes, a collectible souvenir booklet and much more.
A controversial figure, challenging the social mores of the time, Professor Melvin Tolson (Washington) used unconventional and ferocious teaching methods to shape a debate team at Wiley College, a small African American university in Texas during the 1930s. Fighting against all odds and paving their way to success, the team reaches a pivotal moment when they are faced with one of their greatest challenges yet… going up against Harvard University's critically acclaimed national championship debate team.
- Commentary By Actor/Director Denzel Washington (both versions)
- Deleted Scenes (both versions)
- Documentary With Original Debaters
- Music Of The Great Debaters
- Original Score With James Newton Howard
- Making Of The Great Debaters
- Wardrobe Of The Great Debaters
- A Visit To Wiley College
- Poetry Of Melvin Tolson (Still Gallery)
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