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The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters is an upcoming 2007 film produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions. During the Great Depression, Melvin B. Tolson (a professor at the historically black Wiley College) forms a debate team and challenges the reigning team at Harvard. It is directed by Denzel Washington who also stars in the film along with Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker, Gina Ravera, and Jurnee Smollett. The screenplay is by Suzan-Lori Parks and Robert Eisele. It will be released on December 25, 2007.