PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
This movie was the first since 1979 to be allowed to film on Harvard's campus.
Melvin B. Tolson:
We'll be one of the first Negro colleges to ever debate a white college. If we beat them, we beat the best.
The 1935 Wiley College debate team debated USC, not Harvard. In an interview, Denzel Washington said they used artistic license because Harvard has a better reputation.
$6,005,180 30 December 2007
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