Akeelah And The Bee

Bassett, Angela

SKU: 031398262046

UPC 031398262046
Release Date 2017-05-30
Studio Lionsgate
Discs 1
Length 113
Format Color
Synopsis Following in the fine tradition of inspiring inner-city underdog tales like STAND AND DELIVER, and TAKE THE LEAD, Doug Atchison's AKEELAH AND THE BEE is a story of overcoming odds that never descends into empty formula. The narrative centers around the character of Akeelah (Keke Palmer, in a star-making performance), a charming yet insecure 11 year old girl from Los Angeles' gang-ridden South Central district. Upon flipping channels after school one day, she lands on ESPN's coverage of the National Spelling Bee. Having recently become aware of her innate talent in this area, Akeelah cannot help but fantasize about the prospect of being a star of the bee circuit. The tragic problem -- intelligence of this kind is not valued in her community, where skills of athleticism and rapping are coveted far more than school smarts. Though Akeelah attempts to hide her academic acuity behind a rebellious attitude, she cannot resist the temptation to enter her school's spelling bee, at which her stellar performance attracts the attention of her idealistic principal, who pairs her with a mentor, a former professor named Joshua Larabee (the always riveting Laurence Fishburne, who re-embodies the wise iconoclast character he played so well in the chess movie SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER). Meanwhile, Akeelah's strong, practical mother, (played by Angela Bassett, who worked with Fishburne on the Tina Turner biopic WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?) while always supportive of her talented daughter, does not necessarily see the point of spending such time and energy on what will likely amount to a fleeting hobby. Perhaps taking its cue from the surprising popularity of Jeffrey Blitz's quirky documentary SPELLBOUND (2002), which explored spelling prodigies from diverse classes, races, and geographic locations, this drama makes what could be a narrow niche into a universal tale of triumph over adversity.[T]his feel-gooder revels in its hip-to-be-square hyperliteracy, and neatly exceeds its own PSA-ness... -- Grade: B+[A]n underdog story that manages to inspire without being sappy.Palmer is a natural....There's nothing cynical about Akeelah's story of courage and determination.3 stars out of 5 -- You'll have a lump in your throat during this heart-tugger...Theatrical Release: April 28, 2006AKEELAH AND THE BEE is most successful in the way it generates tension during the spelling-bee scenes.
Cast Aaron Zigman (Composer)
Michael Paseornek (Producer)
Sidney Ganis (Producer)
Warren Alan Young (Production Designer)
Laurence Fishburne (Producer)
Keke Palmer (Star)
Doug Atchison (Screenwriter)
Julito McCullum (Star)
Sean Michael (Star)
Tzi Ma (Star)
Erica Hubbard (Star)
J.R. Villareal (Star)
Lee Thompson Young (Star)
Nancy Hult (Producer)
Doug Atchison (Director)
Michael Romersa (Producer)
Angela Bassett (Star)
Sahara Garey (Star)
Curtis Armstrong (Star)
David Mullen (Director of Photography)
Jaki Brown (Co-Producer)
Mark Cuban (Executive Producer)
Sharen Davis (Costume Designer)
Glenn Farr (Editor)
Todd Wagner (Executive Producer)
Kent Kubena (Co-Producer)
Daniel Llewellyn (Producer)
Dalia Phillips (Producer)
Eddie Steeples (Star)
Laurence Fishburne (Star)
Jumper Lark (Star)
Marc Butan (Executive Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Mkaing of Akeelah and the Bee Two Peas in a Pod Inside the Mind of Akeelah Keke Palmer All My Girlz Music Video Gag Reel Deleted Scenes Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English Subtitles - English, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.10000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.40000
Depth 6.80000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Includes Digital Copy,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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