The Great Debaters (2007)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.” – James Farmer Jr.

Number of Times Seen – Twice (29 Dec 2007 and 11 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A scrupulous teacher tries to create a winning debate team in his University which is located in the deep South during the days of segregation.

Bottom Line – Really powerful story that is able to stay engaging throughout. The characters are all developed really well and we get a clear sense of who they each are and what they are trying accomplish, The dialogue is superbly written which is extremely important in a film about the art of debating. The fact that this is based on a real story adds even more to the story. Love the way that they don;t try to shy away from the problems of the segregated South because it adds so much more poignancy to the story as it unfolds. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On December 19, 2007, Denzel Washington announced a $1 million dollar gift to Wiley College, so they could re-establish their debate team. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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