The Great Debaters Review

FILM REVIEW
BY JOSEPH JOJO
181310
FYBA - A
ST XAVIER'S COLLEGE MUMBAI

THE GREAT DEBATERS

DENZEL WASHINGTON
OPRAH WINFREY
ROBERT EISELE



Professor Tolson: Who is the judge?
Debaters: The judge is God.
Professor Tolson: And why is he God?
Debaters: Because, he decides who wins or loses, not my opponent.
Professor Tolson: And who is your opponent?
Debaters: He doesn't exist.
Professor Tolson: And why doesn't he ...

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* Frank L. Ridley as Security Guard


Summary

A black debate team competes with white schools during civil unrest in America. It is the mid-1930s and Professor Tolson assembles a black debate team at Wiley College. He trains them with the goal that they compete with white debate teams across the country to prove that they are just as good, maybe even better. The team is composed of Samantha, James (the youngest member and the son of another Wiley professor), Henry, and Hamilton. As the team competes across the country, they experience first-hand the injustice and terror of racism. They witness a lynch mob murder a black man and are deeply bothered by the incident. Prof. Tolson, who secretly engages in ...

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professor at the Wiley College who oversees the debating team. After announcing auditions for the latest participants, some promising students show up. These include Henry Lowe , a vigorously independent, cocky guy whose knowledge of history and literature suggests genius. There's also 14-year-old prodigy James Farmer, Jr. (Denzel Whitaker), son of Farmer, Sr. (Forest Whitaker), the community's respected doctor and scholar. Other hopefuls are Samantha Booke (Jurnee Smollett) and Hamilton Burgess (Jermaine Williams), who, like Lowe and Farmer, Jr., also make the cut.

They start by successfully debating local colleges. As Tolson realizes his team has immense skill, they begin to ...

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Added: 9/11/2018 05:52:36 AM
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