The film’s official synopsis:
From two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and an ensemble cast lead by Washington that includes Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, comes “The Great Debaters.” Inspired by a true story, “The Great Debaters” chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson (Denzel Washington), a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African American college in the deep south into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views.
In their pursuit for excellence, Tolson’s debate team receives a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard University’s championship team. The film is directed by Denzel Washington and stars Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker, and Kimberly Elise. “The Great Debaters” was written by Robert Eisele and Tom Epperson and produced by Todd Black, Kate Forte, Oprah Winfrey and Joe Roth.
To check out the trailer, click on the first link below — and if you’re a fan of Alvin “Youngblood” Hart and/or Sharon Jones, check out the pre-order link to the Great Debaters soundtrack, because it features them heavily. From the album’s press release:
Atlantic Records has announced details of “THE GREAT DEBATERS – MUSIC FROM & RECORDED FOR THE MOTION PICTURE,” the original motion picture soundtrack to the forthcoming Weinstein Company theatrical release. Due in stores on December 11th, the album features an extraordinary roster of modern artists — including Sharon Jones, Alvin ‘Youngblood’ Hart, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops — performing pre-1935 blues, folk, jazz, and gospel classics.