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Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Great Debaters

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: The true story of a team of Black debaters from Wiley College, in Texas, who are the first to challenge White debate teams, in 1935, and in so doing, help pave the way for the Civil Rights movement.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, John Heard, Jermaine Williams

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGo! Moving, intellectual, and visceral, the story is a reminder of a shameful part of our history, and the brave and forward-thinking types of people it always has and always will take to break the cycle of hate.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Yes. It'll even make you applaud.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Only if you have a heart, a mind, or a conscience.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: I can say with confidence: yes, because The Golden Globes were announced today, and it was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama. But I don't think it'll win.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: You've got Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, and this movie has even got a kid in it named, Denzel Whitaker. Need I say more?

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Clearly an actor's director, Denzel captures some of his most poignant moments in the shared looks and thoughtful expressions that happen in between the dialogue .

Q: How is the story/script?

A: There is a B-story about unionizing the farmers, which doesn't make much sense. But screenwriter, Robert Eisele, more than makes up for it by creating inspired debate speeches and a sensory experience of what it must have felt like to live as a Negro in the lynch-mob-south. That would've been so uncool.

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