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Movie Preview: The Great Debaters


Right as everyone's buzzing about Denzel Washington's award-worthy turn in American Gangster, we get a trailer for The Great Debaters, another movie that has Washington's magical charm all over it. Add to that an inspirational historical plot fraught with race tensions, and a tight-looking cast — which includes another Oscar favorite, Forest Whitaker — and you've got the makings for a huge Hollywood success.

Washington plays Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at the all-black Wiley College in Texas in 1935. He helps form the school's first debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard's team in the national championship.

Weird sidenote: One of the young actors in this movie is actually named — and I'm not kidding — Denzel Whitaker. He's not a relative of either Denzel Washington or Forest Whitaker, though he was named after Denzel. Weird, right?

To watch the heartwarming trailer for The Great Debaters which opens December 25,

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kk_bama kk_bama 8 years
A coworker's best friend is one of the Harvard debaters in this movie. I can't wait to see it!
RCCway RCCway 8 years
Anyone know what this is rated? I coach HS Debate and would love to take my kids to see this! :-)
bealotus bealotus 8 years
sounds good! Denzel Whitaker,how funny. I saw American Gangster and the movie is so good that it doesn't feel long at all. But again,I love all of Denzel's movies.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Denzel and Forest= brilliant actors!
hotstuff hotstuff 8 years
Denzel is the man! Can't wait to see this. I could watch this man act in ANYTHING he is fabulous!!!
Eaving Eaving 8 years
Seems like another quality movie from the both of them! Can't wait =)
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 8 years
I want to see American Gangster. Denzel's okay, I guess. Forest Whitaker rules, though.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Maybe I have a short attention span but 2½hrs in a theater is a long time to me. But I saw a clip of Gangster where Denzel shot a guy in the head in a neighborhood full of people. Yeah, that's gangsta. Drug use and violence doesn't bother my sensibilities.
silly3 silly3 8 years
Race is probably kinda important to Denzel don't you think? Also, I saw American Gangster last night and it is long, but not at all hard to sit though. Sadly, I have to disagree with Buzz here, I really didn't think it was great. I was not prepared for the gratuitous and graphic intravenous drug use (call me naive!). I also just didn't care that much about Frank Lucas - he knew what he was doing was wrong and I knew what was coming to him, so I didn't find it compelling.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
oh look another "race" themed movie with denzel. Yawn.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker--and Denzel Whitaker--sounds like a winning team to me. Looking forward to seeing this one in December.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
terryt — American Gangster is definitely long (about 2.5 hours, which comes out to nearly 3 once you take into account previews), but it's so worth it. It's a great movie. And it doesn't feel that long.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Denzel's been a busy man. I've heard good things about American Gangster, but isn't it kind of long? I'm sure the Great Debaters will be good too.
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