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The Cast of Great Debaters On Oprah Today

Excerpt from Oprah.com:

Inspired by a true story, The Great Debaters chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson—played by Denzel Washington—a brilliant but volatile debate coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of students into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the 1930s and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods, as well as his radical political views.

In their pursuit for excellence, Tolson’s debate team, which hails from a small African-American college in Texas, receives a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard University’s championship team. The film is directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and stars Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker and Denzel Whitaker.

great debaters cast1 The Cast of Great Debaters On Oprah Today

[Top Row: Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker]

[Bottom Row: Denzel Washington, Denzel Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Forest Whitaker]


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  1. To bad I will miss this episode of Oprah, but I am definitely not going to miss the movie for anything; I’ve got to see it!

  2. Dag! I wanted to watch it. my momma called me an our eariler and told me about it, but I was fighting the snow piled up on my car that I did not get a chance to :(

  3. I haven’t seen the movie yet, pretty obviously (No! I told you I don’t want no bootleg copy, Reds!), but, see, this is the kind of Denzel movie I can get behind. Please don’t do any more “Training Days” or “American Gangsters,” D!

    And is dude’s name really Denzell Whitaker? How ironic is that?!

  4. I really should get dvr. I still be at work when that comes on an hour and a half from now here.

    Yo, rip me a copy and send it.

    Hey, did you see my preview on this movie back on Tuesday

  5. @Anonymous: I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. No more Denzel as the psycho bad guy, and yes, how ironic is the name Denzel Whitaker, that was the first thing I noticed when I read the cast (Denzel Washington, Forrest Whitaker, and Denzel Whitaker) – no relation to either.

    @Yobachi: No I need to check it out.

  6. Dolt, I didn’t mean DVR, I meant tivo.

  7. That guy is kind’ve fine. Gave me motivation to see the film.

  8. I have not seen the movie but have heard so much about it that I will of course have to go out and see it! Miss Smollett has grown into a beautiful young lady, I hope that her career developes into something awesome. Even though Denzel Whitaker is no relation to either star with a name like that he must feel some awesome weight on his shoulders!

    By the way nice site!

  9. Awww I missed it! I am so looking forward to seeing the movie. From the previews alone it looks like everyone puts in a fantastic performance.

  10. For the record, I could have been in the movie. They filmed it right near my work and also I had a chance to meet Denzel… but then I would’ve gotten arrested… because I couldn’t get tickets… so I would have been yelling from outside lol


  11. I missed it but anywho have a happy nappy holiday

  12. Merry Christmas to you and yours! May you receive peace, joy, and favor! God Bless and Keep you, and may you get all that your heart desires!
    Blessings, Regina!

  13. This is a great movie…it is worth the ten dollars that I paid

  14. I don’t really stan for Oprah (*ducks to miss chairs thrown at her head*), but I was able to watch this movie and it was great. The story (both the script and the actual story) was great, the acting was wonderful (save for a few parts here and there). Really good movie and inspiring, too. (Oh, and my cousin now officially has a crush on Nate Parker bka Henry Lowe)

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