The Great Debaters

Directed by Denzel Washington
2007    2h 6m    PG-13
7.580%86%
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.
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Cast of The Great Debaters
  • Denzel WhitakerJames Farmer Jr.
  • Denzel WashingtonMelvin B. Tolson
  • Nate ParkerHenry Lowe
  • Jurnee SmollettSamantha Booke
  • Forest WhitakerDr. James Farmer Sr.
  • Kimberly ElisePearl Farmer
  • Jermaine WilliamsHamilton Burgess
  • Gina RaveraRuth Tolson
  • John HeardSheriff Dozier
  • Devyn A. TylerHelen Farmer
  • Trenton McClain BoydNathaniel Farmer
  • Ritchie MontgomeryDeputy
  • Jackson WalkerPig Owner
  • Tim ParatiPig Farmer
  • Robert X. GolphinDunbar Reed
  • Justice LeakHarland Osbourne
  • Glen PowellHarvard Debater #1
  • Brad WatkinsHarvard Debater #2
  • Brian SmiarHarvard Dean
  • Damien LeakeWilson
  • Voltaire SterlingPaul Quinn Debater #1
  • Stephen RiderPaul Quinn Debater #2
  • Gordon DannielsPaul Quinn Debate Judge
  • Donny BoazOklahoma City College Debater #1
  • Samuel Elliott WhisnantOklahoma City College Debater #2
  • Bonnie JohnsonDr. Jennings
  • Charissa AllenBenita
  • Michael BeasleyTrudell
  • Gary MathisEnormous Man
  • George WilsonSamuel
  • Fahnlohnee R. HarrisClementine
  • Harold EvansWilliam Taylor
  • J.D. EvermoreCaptain Wainwright
  • Sharon JonesLila
  • Kelvin PaytonJoseph
  • Southey BlantonWhite Labor Organizer
  • Michael MattisonWhite Sharecropper #1
  • Jeff BraunWhite Sharecropper #2
  • Milton R. GipsonPrairie View Professor
  • Frank RidleySecurity Guard
  • Jeremiah KisselRadio Announcer at Harvard Debate
  • Jack RadostaWhite Man at Lynching
  • Alvin Youngblood HartJuke Joint Musician #1
  • Dom FlemonsJuke Joint Musician #2
  • Justin RobinsonJuke Joint Musician #3
  • Rhiannon GiddensJuke Joint Musician #4
  • Ahmad PowellFisk Professor
  • Marcus Lyle BrownHoward Debater #1
  • Gary MattisEnormous Man
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