The Great Debaters



Pickford Film Center Sat, Aug 10 1:00 PM
Film Info
Reason for rating:(for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for languag
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Country of Origin:USA
Genre:Family Friendly
Programs:Pickford Family Matinees


Pickford Family Matinee. Presented by Bank of the Pacific, Tickets are only $1. Poet and professor Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) teaches at the predominately black Wiley College in 1935 Texas. He decides to start a debate team, something nearly unheard of at a black college. While at first he butts heads with the influential father (Forest Whitaker) of one of his best debaters, eventually he is able to form a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard's prestigious debate champions.