Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee

Laurence Fishburne
Director: Doug Atchison Cast: Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
, Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
, Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer
Doug Atchison

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A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), who was left on her own after the death of her husband. While Akeelah is a very bright girl, she's hardly a star student and seems afraid of acting like a bookworm around her friends and classmates. However, Akeelah's teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school's spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the talent to win. Akeelah applies herself and emerges victorious in the local competition, but discovers the going gets tougher when she goes to a statewide bee, studying for the regionals under the aegis of strict English teacher Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), who consents to act as her coach A college professor who was a spelling-bee champ as a child, Larabee is a stubborn taskmaster who questions Akeelah's ability and commitment, but in time he develops a respect for his pupil and helps her prove her talent as she climbs the ladder to the National Spelling Bee. Meanwhile, Tanya feels intimidated when she finds the contests are dominated by children from wealthy families and privileged backgrounds, and argues that the competition may not be in Akeelah's best interest, believing instead that homework should be the one and only priority in Akeelah's life. It soon becomes apparent that if Akeelah has any intention of entering the national spelling bee championships in Washington, D.C., she will not do so with Tanya's permission or blessing. This marks the first onscreen reunion of Bassett and Fishburne since their Academy Award-nommed performances as Ike Turner and Tina Turner in Brian Gibson's 1993 biopic, What's Love Got to Do with It.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
UPC: 0031398195962
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 6,817

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making 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; 16x9 widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne Dr. Larabee
Angela Bassett Tanya
Keke Palmer Akeelah Anderson
Curtis Armstrong Mr. Welch
Tzi Ma Mr. Chiu
Lee Thompson Young Devon
J.R. Villareal Javier
Sahara Garey Georgia
Sean Michael Afable Dylan
Erica Hubbard Kiana
Julito McCullum Terrence
Dalia Phillips Ms. Cross
Eddie Steeples Derrick-T
Jeris Poindexter Steve
Sara Niemietz Polly
George Hornedo Roman
Craig Wasson Ted Saunders
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
Marjorie Harris National Spelling Bee Head Judge
Jacques Bailly National Spelling Bee Pronouncer
Krysten Leigh Jones Tough Girl #1
Amirah Hawkins Tough Girl #2
Jeff Marlow District Judge
Chloé Conroy District Pronouncer
Lee Garlington Regional Judge
Sid Ganis Regional Pronouncer
Austin Herrera Davis Cheating Boy
Janet Borrus Cheating Boy's Mom
Wolfgang Bodison Akeelah's Father
Marcus Hawkins Dungey Chuckie
Bonita Friedericy Volunteer
Caroline J. Smith Mary Calveretti
Neil Soni Rajeev Subramonian
Jack Ong Korean Grocer
Lauren Sanchez Reporter
Fay Hauser Woman On Tv
Keshell Lucas Little Girl On TV
Corina Boettger Red-Haired Girl
Shyann Chatman Eighth-Grade Girl
Todd Wagner Regional Bee Assistant Judge
Brittany Elizabeth Curran District Speller #1
Alexandra Rieger District Speller #2
Eric Don Regional Speller #1
Julia Kelleher Regional Speller #2
Zachary Gardner Regional Speller #3
John A. Ausick "Sacciform" Speller
Maddy Kloss "Scutellate" Speller
Mason Green "Longicollis" Speller
Jessy J. Hwang "Ginglymus" Speller
Biplab Panda "Empennage" Speller
Alexander Christian Stephans "Souchong" Speller
Katie L. Brown "Intussusception" Speller
John Oxenreiter "Engastrimythic" Speller
Katie Olson "Escharotic" Speller
Jason Ortenberg "Flocculation" Speller
Lance Norling Boy In Wheelchair
Jmeka Cherrel Driver
Kahlil Ashanti Postman
Aaron Zigman Conductor

Technical Credits
Doug Atchison Director,Screenwriter
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting,Co-producer
Michael Burns Executive Producer
Marc Butan Executive Producer
Kim Coleman Casting
Aisha Coley Casting
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Mark Czyzewski Editor
Danetracks, Inc. Sound/Sound Designer
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Farr Editor
Nancy Hult Ganis Producer
Sid Ganis Producer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Rodney Hooks Asst. Director
Michael K. Johnson Associate Producer
Shane Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Kent Kubena Co-producer
Laurence Fishburne Producer
Daniel Llewelyn Producer
Alicia MacCarone Set Decoration/Design
Michael Stern Sound Mixer
Christopher Mosio Camera Operator
M. David Mullen Cinematographer
Matthew Nicolay Sound Mixer
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Dalia Phillips Associate Producer
John Radzik Camera Operator
Michael Romersa Producer
Chad Rosen Asst. Director
Steven Douglas Smith Cinematographer
Helen Sugland Executive Producer
Roland N. Thai Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Shelley A. Wallace Art Director
John Warner Set Decoration/Design
Warren Alan Young Production Designer
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Akeelah and the Bee [WS]
1. Introduction [3:25]
2. Espn [5:10]
3. School Spelling Bee [4:27]
4. Do It for Dad [3:48]
5. Dr. Larabee [3:40]
6. District Spelling Bee [7:14]
7. Caught Cheating [4:19]
8. Woodland Hills [5:57]
9. I Need a Coach [4:05]
10. Javier's Birthday Party [5:01]
11. Words to Change the World [4:21]
12. I'm Not in the Mood [3:51]
13. Regional Spelling Bee [7:06]
14. Being Honored [5:25]
15. It's So Hard [2:45]
16. 50,000 Coaches [5:18]
17. Denise [4:52]
18. Off to D.C. [3:43]
19. Scripps National Spelling Bee [4:12]
20. Eliminations [4:57]
21. Break Time [2:47]
22. Xanthosis [3:54]
23. Head to Head [5:12]
24. Credits [7:09]

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