The Great Debaters

2007 · 2 hr 6 min

PG-137.580%86%72%
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.
Written By
Robert Eisele
Studio
The Weinstein Company, Harpo Films, Marshall Production

Cast of The Great Debaters

DW
Denzel WashingtonMelvin B. Tolson
NP
Nate ParkerHenry Lowe
FW
Forest WhitakerDr. James Farmer Sr.
DW
Denzel WhitakerJames Farmer Jr.
JS
Jurnee SmollettSamantha Booke
KE
Kimberly ElisePearl Farmer
JW
Jermaine WilliamsHamilton Burgess
GR
Gina RaveraRuth Tolson
JH
John HeardSheriff Dozier
DT
Devyn A. TylerHelen Farmer
TB
Trenton McClain BoydNathaniel Farmer
JW
TP
Tim ParatiPig Farmer
RG
JL
Justice LeakHarland Osbourne
GP
Glen PowellHarvard Debater #1
BW
Brad WatkinsHarvard Debater #2
BS
Brian SmiarHarvard Dean
DL
VS
Voltaire SterlingPaul Quinn Debater #1
SR
Stephen RiderPaul Quinn Debater #2
GD
Gordon DannielsPaul Quinn Debate Judge
DB
Donny BoazOklahoma City College Debater #1
SW
Samuel Elliott WhisnantOklahoma City College Debater #2
BJ
Bonnie JohnsonDr. Jennings
GM
Gary MathisEnormous Man
HE
Harold EvansWilliam Taylor
JE
J.D. EvermoreCaptain Wainwright
SB
Southey BlantonWhite Labor Organizer
MM
Michael MattisonWhite Sharecropper #1
JB
Jeff BraunWhite Sharecropper #2
MG
Milton R. GipsonPrairie View Professor
FR
Frank RidleySecurity Guard
JK
Jeremiah KisselRadio Announcer at Harvard Debate
JR
Jack RadostaWhite Man at Lynching
AH
Alvin Youngblood HartJuke Joint Musician #1
DF
Dom FlemonsJuke Joint Musician #2
JR
Justin RobinsonJuke Joint Musician #3
RG
Rhiannon GiddensJuke Joint Musician #4
AP
Ahmad PowellFisk Professor
MB
Marcus Lyle BrownHoward Debater #1
GM
Gary MattisEnormous Man

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