Overview

Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.

  1. Doug Atchison

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Keke Palmer

    Keke Palmer

    Akeelah

  2. Laurence Fishburne

    Laurence Fishburne

    Dr. Larabee

  3. Angela Bassett

    Angela Bassett

    Tanya

  4. Curtis Armstrong

    Curtis Armstrong

    Mr. Welch

  5. J.R. Villarreal

    J.R. Villarreal

    Javier

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Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah and the Bee

Facts

Status Released

Release Information

  • April 28, 2006
    PG
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 52m

Budget $8,000,000.00

Revenue $18,948,425.00

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