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The Great Debaters (2007)

  • USA
  • 126
  • Biography
  • 2007
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7.5 out of 10

Plot

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Cast

Name Role
Denzel Washington Melvin B. Tolson
Nate Parker Henry Lowe
Jurnee Smollett Samantha Booke
Denzel Whitaker James Farmer Jr.
Jermaine Williams Hamilton Burgess
Forest Whitaker Dr. James Farmer Sr.
Gina Ravera Ruth Tolson
John Heard Sheriff Dozier
Kimberly Elise Pearl Farmer
Devyn A. Tyler Helen Farmer
Trenton McClain Boyd Nathaniel Farmer
Ritchie Montgomery Deputy
Jackson Walker Pig Owner
Tim Parati Pig Farmer
Robert X. Golphin Dunbar Reed
Justice Leak Harland Osbourne
Glen Powell Harvard Debater #1
Brad Watkins Harvard Debater #2
Brian Smiar Harvard Dean
Damien Leake Wilson
Voltaire Sterling Paul Quinn Debater #1
Stephen Rider Paul Quinn Debater #2
Gordon Danniels Paul Quinn Debate Judge
Donny Boaz Oklahoma City College Debater #1
Samuel Elliott Whisnant Oklahoma City College Debater #2
Bonnie Johnson Dr. Jennings
Charissa Allen Benita
Michael Beasley Trudell
Gary Mattis Enormous Man
George Wilson Samuel
Fahnlohnee R. Harris Clementine
Harold Evans William Taylor
J.D. Evermore Captain Wainwright
Sharon Jones Lila
Kelvin Payton Joseph
Southey Blanton White Labor Organizer
Michael Mattison White Sharecropper #1
Jeff Braun White Sharecropper #2
Milton R. Gipson Prairie View Professor
Frank Ridley Security Guard
Jeremiah Kissel Radio Announcer at Harvard Debate
Jack Radosta White Man at Lynching
Marcus Lyle Brown Howard Debater #1
Alvin Youngblood Hart Juke Joint Musician #1
Dom Flemons Juke Joint Musician #2
Justin Robinson Juke Joint Musician #3
Rhiannon Giddens Juke Joint Musician #4
Ahmad Powell Fisk Professor
Michael C. 'Mike' Allen Deputy Texas Ranger
Razmig Arabian Harvard Student
Kevin Beard Klansman at Lynching
Ellen Becker-Gray Faculty at Harvard Debate
Chad Boldini Harvard Debate Attendee
Matthew N. Bourgeois Harvard Scholar
Crystal Brown-Tatum Female Teacher / Dance Chaperone
Gio Castellano Harvard Debate Attendee
Thomas Cataloni Sailor
Michael DeMello Debate Observer
Roger Dillingham Jr. Upscale Traveler
Sal DiMino Reporter
Curtis Eames Reporter
Chaz Echols Wiley College Student
Brian D. Evans Harvard Student
Ben Fisher Harvard Student
Jaishon Fisher Newspaper Boy
Jamai Fisher Kid at Train Station
Steve Flynn Harvard Dean
Hugh Guiney Harvard Student
Hevin Hampton Bar Patron
Joel B. Hayden Harvard Professor
Patrick Mel Hayes Harvard Alumni
Benjamin Healy Harvard Student
Chris Kosiavelon Harvard Student
Kenneth Lecompte Share Cropper and Grocer
Jimmy Lee Jr. Lyncher
Aqua Lee Juke Joint Couple
Christopher J. Long Harvard Student
Robert Masiello Harvard Alumni
Josh McBride Harvard Student
Paul McGillicuddy Harvard Debate Attendee
Alex Milne Shoe Shine Boy
Tarek Moussa Harvard Student
Jason Mulcahy Harvard Student
Ed O'Keefe Harvard Scholar
Nefertara Ozella Extra
Giovanni Pantaleo Havard Student
Cory Patt Wiley Student
James Paul Riot Starter
Jeannie Perrin Lynching Participant
Todd Poudrier Radio Tech
Cyndy Powell Harvard debate audience
Breon Pugh Wiley Debater
Alan Resnic Harvard Scholar
Robert M. Saunders Harvard Student
Cory Reed Smith Harvard Debate Attendee
Scott Sousa Harvard Student
Michael Stanton Harvard Professor
Heath Stewart Reserve Harvard Debater
Bill Stinchcomb Lynch Mob
Ruth Mahala Sullivan Student
Charles Sutherland Man at Train Station
Ian Wallace Harvard Student
Mario Wanza Wiley Student
Donald Warnock The Chief Harvard Judge
Mike Wendt Havard Student
Russell Woron-Simons Harvard Debate Attendee
Adam Zalt Harvard Student / Navy Sailor

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