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The great debaters Cover Image DVD DVD

The great debaters [videorecording] / Harpo Films ; Marshall Production ; Weinstein Company ; produced by Todd Black, Kate Forte, Joe Roth, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey ; story by Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro ; screenplay by Robert Eisele ; directed by Denzel Washington.


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

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 inches.
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Weinstein Company, 2007.
  • Producer: [Chicago, Illinois] : Harpo Productions, 2007.
  • Distributor: Montreal, Quebec : Alliance Atlantis, 2008.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Special features: Deleted scenes ; The great debators: an historical perspective ; "That's what my baby likes" music video ; "My soul is a witness" music video
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007
Title from container
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Philippe Rousselot ; editors, John Breinholt, Hughes Winborne ; music, Peter Golub, James Newton Howard ; costume designer, Sharen Davis ; production designer, David J. Bomba
Participant or Performer Note:
Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Forest Whitaker, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise, Devyn Tyler, Trenton McClain Boyd
Target Audience Note:
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
System Details Note:
DVD ; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
For private home use only
Language Note:
Includes audio tracks in English and French with subtitles in English, French and Spanish
Subject: Wiley College (Marshall, Tex.) > Fiction.
Feature films.
African American college teachers > Texas > Fiction.
African American college students > Texas > Fiction.
Debates and debating > Texas > Fiction.
Texas > Fiction.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library DVD Grea 6718 (Text) 33294002145118 DVDs Volume hold Available -

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