Review: Denzel Steers ‘Great Debaters’

January 5, 2008 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters

It could have been overly sentimental and feel-good, this movie about a pioneering black debate team in the segregated South. But Denzel Washington, as director and star, manages to find the right tone much of the time in “The Great Debaters.”

It certainly doesn’t hurt that he has an inspiring true story to work from Oprah Winfrey liked it so much, her Harpo Films company produced it.

Washington stars as professor Melvin B. Tolson, a future poet who serves as debate coach at the tiny, all-black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. In 1935, Wiley’s debaters did something unprecedented: They competed against several predominantly white schools and won, including Harvard (in real life Wiley beat USC, but you get the idea).

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