The Great Debaters Special Collector's Edition DVD (Widescreen 1.66)

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Wiley College professor Melvin Tolson encourages his African American students to push aside the prejudices of 1930's Texas to become a winning debate team.
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    Drawing inspiration from the true story of a temperamental debate coach who molded the students of a small East Texas college into a formidable team that gave even Harvard's elite squad a run for their money, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters features the director himself as the ambitious educator, and Forest Whitaker as the resentful father of a student whose loyalties now lie almost exclusively with his coach. Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) is the kind of educator who truly recognizes the remarkable power of knowledge. An outspoken Wiley College professor who boldly challenged the discriminatory Jim Crow laws of the 1930s, Tolson's recognizes that his young debate students possess the spark of a new generation. Convinced that they could invoke great change if given the confidence and tools needed to do so, the tireless educator implores his students to take responsibility for the future while furtively attempting to protect them from his clandestine role as an organizer for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Chief among Tolson's promising young students is a 14-year-old prodigy named James Farmer, Jr. (Denzel Whitaker). Farmer's father, James Sr. (Forest Whitaker), is a renowned scholar and an important presence in the emerging student's life. Yet despite his formidable reputation, James Sr. has not yet learned how to truly harness the power of knowledge through action and assertion. James Jr. has seen the raving effects of racism all around him, and longs to live in a future where no one must be in fear simply because of the color of their skin. Other talented debaters on Tolson's team include fiercely independent student Henry Lowe (Nate Parker), and Samantha Brooke (Jurnee Smollett) - the first ever female ever to join the Wiley College debate team. While most educators may not have recognized the remarkable potential of assembling such a disparate team, Tolson's unique vision truly set him apart from the pack as the team begins to experience a series of consecutive victories on their road to challenging Harvard at the National Championships. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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    Wiley College professor Melvin Tolson encourages his African American students to push aside the prejudices of 1930's Texas to become a winning debate team.

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    Two-time Academy Award(R) winner Denzel Washington ("American Gangster") directs and stars with Academy Award(R) winner Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") in this "important and deeply inspiring page from the not-so-distant past" (Richard Roeper, At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper). Inspired by a true story, Washington shines as a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite. Featuring a superb cast of rising young actors, "The Great Debaters is marvelous entertainment that you should not miss" (Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer). Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, Subtitles: English and Spanish. "'The Great Debaters': An Historical Perspective"; Music Videos: "That's What My Baby Likes" and "My Soul Is A Witness"; "'The Great Debaters': A Heritage Of Music"; "Scoring 'The Great Debaters' With James Newton Howard & Peter Golub"; "Learning The Art: Our Young Actors Go To Debate Camp"; "Forest Whitaker On Becoming James Farmer, Sr."; "A New Generation Of Actors"; "The 1930's Wardrobe Of Sharen Davis"; "The Production Design Of David J. Bomba"; "The Poetry Of Melvin B. Tolson".

 

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The Great Debaters Special Collector's Edition DVD (Widescreen 1.66)

Wiley College professor Melvin Tolson encourages his African American students to push aside the prejudices of 1930's Texas to become a winning debate team.