The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.

  1. Denzel Washington


  2. Jeffrey Porro


  3. Robert Eisele


Top Billed Cast

  1. Denzel Washington

    Denzel Washington

    Melvin B. Tolson

  2. Nate Parker

    Nate Parker

    Henry Lowe

  3. Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    Dr. James Farmer Sr.

  4. Denzel Whitaker

    Denzel Whitaker

    James Farmer Jr.

  5. Kimberly Elise

    Kimberly Elise

    Pearl Farmer

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The Great Debaters
The Great Debaters


Status Released

Release Information

  • December 27, 2007


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 6m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $30,226,144.00



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