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.

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  1. Doug Atchison

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Keke Palmer

    Keke Palmer


  2. Laurence Fishburne

    Laurence Fishburne

    Dr. Larabee

  3. Angela Bassett

    Angela Bassett


  4. Curtis Armstrong

    Curtis Armstrong

    Mr. Welch

  5. J.R. Villarreal

    J.R. Villarreal


  6. Sean Michael Afable

    Sean Michael Afable


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 52m

Budget $8,000,000.00

Revenue $18,948,425.00

Homepage http://www.akeelahandthebee.com/splash.html

Release Information

  • April 28, 2006
    PG, Theatrical



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