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The great debaters / TWC presents a Harpo Films production ; directed by Denzel Washington ; screenplay by Robert Eisele ; story by Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro ; produced by Todd Black and Kate Forte, Oprah Winfrey and Joe Roth ; executive producers, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, David Crockett ; director of photography, Philippe Rousselot.

DVD DVD (c2008.)
Description: 2 videodiscs (124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([28] p. : col. ill. ; 11 x 19 cm.)
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Weinstein Company ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Genius Products, c2008.
2 of 2 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
1 of 1 copy available at Gloucester. (Show all copies)
1 current hold with 2 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult DVDs DVD/DRAMA/ Great (Text to Phone) Available -
Winthrop Adult DVDs DVD Great Debaters (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9781594450624
  • ISBN: 1594450625
  • Edition: 2-disc collector's ed., widescreen version.
General Note: In English or dubbed French dialogue with optional English (SDH) or Spanish subtitles.
Special features include: Disc 1. Deleted scenes; The great debaters, an historical perspective; "That's what my baby likes", music video; "My soul is a witness", music video. Disc 2. 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.
Inspired by the American legacy article by Tony Scherman.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.
Contents: Disc 1. [Feature film; special features] -- disc 2. [Special features]
Creation/Production Credits: Production designer, David J. Bomba ; edited by Hughes Winborne ; costume designer, Sharen Davis ; music composed by James Newton Howard and Peter Golub ; music supervisor, G. Marq Roswell ; co-producer, Molly Allen.
Participant or Performer: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise.
Summary: Melvin B. Tolson is a professor at Wiley College in Texas. Wiley is a small African-American college. In 1935, Tolson inspired students to form the school's first debate team. Tolson turns a group of underdog students into a historically elite debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Inspired by a true story.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: PG-13; strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, language, and brief sexuality.
System Details:
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen letterbox presentation, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Dolby digital.
Language:
In English or dubbed French dialogue with optional English (SDH) or Spanish subtitles.
Authors: Washington, Denzel, 1954- (Added Author). Eisele, Robert, 1948- (Added Author). Porro, Jeffrey. (Added Author). Black, Todd. (Added Author). Forte, Kate. (Added Author). Winfrey, Oprah. (Added Author). Roth, Joe, 1948- (Added Author). Weinstein, Bob, 1953- (Added Author). Weinstein, Harvey, 1952- (Added Author). Crockett, David. (Added Author). Rousselot, Philippe, 1945- (Added Author). Whitaker, Forest. (Added Author). Parker, Nate, 1979- (Added Author). Smollett, Jurnee, 1986- (Added Author). Whitaker, Denzel, 1990- (Added Author). Williams, Jermaine, 1982- (Added Author). Ravera, Gina. (Added Author). Heard, John, 1946- (Added Author). Elise, Kimberly, 1971- (Added Author). Davis, Sharen. (Added Author). Howard, James Newton. (Added Author). Golub, Peter. (Added Author). Weinstein Company ; (Added Author). Harpo Films. (Added Author). Genius Products, Inc. (Added Author).
Citation: Washington, Denzel. "The great debaters." New York, N.Y. : Weinstein Company ; 2008.
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