Akeelah and the Bee

Release Date: April 28, 2006
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Hey, I've got to make money now that the Matrix gravy train is over.

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12/159 David Mumpower Impossibly charming story never surprises but consistently satisfies.
66/200 Max Braden Searching for Bobby Fischer is still the genre standard.

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Ashley White was a very real girl. Hailing from Washington, D.C., the inner city kid wowed friends and family with her amazing gift. She could spell as well as any child in the country. Her attempt to be recognized as the best was documented in Academy Award nominated 2002 release, Spellbound.

Akeelah is a fictional inner city girl. The resident of South Central Los Angeles also has the gift of spelling. Her success in this endeavor brings the community together in celebration of her talent. The locals work together to help her achieve her dream of competing in and maybe even winning the National Spelling Bee.

While one character is not based upon the other, it's obvious to trace the genesis of this film. Ashley White was a captivating presence whose fierce determination made her the people's champion. Fictionalizing this premise (with a Hollywood ending mixed in) is a marvelous idea for a drama about human endeavor. Laurence Fishburne has signed on to star in the film for writer/director Doug Atchison. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Akeelah and the Bee
Main Cast Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett
Director Doug Atchison
Screenwriter Doug Atchison
Distributor Lions Gate
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.akeelahandthebee.com/splash.html
Rating PG
Screen Count 2,195
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