Akeelah and the Bee

Lion's Gate (2006)
Drama, Family
USA | English | Color | 1h 52min
7.5

Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.


Cast View all

Keke Palmer Akeelah Anderson
Angela Bassett Tanya Anderson
Laurence Fishburne Dr. Joshua Larabee
Curtis Armstrong Mr. Welch
Sahara Garey Georgia
Julito McCullum Terrence
Lee Thompson Young Devon
J.R. Villarreal Javier
Sean Michael Dylan
Erica Hubbard Kiana
Eddie Steeples Derrick-T
Dalia Phillips Ms. Cross
Tzi Ma Mr. Chiu
Jeris Poindexter Steve
Sara Niemietz Polly

Crew View all

Director Doug Atchison
Writer Doug Atchison
Producer Laurence Fishburne, Marc Butan, Sidney Ganis, Michael Burns, Michael Johnson, Mark Cuban, Jaki Brown, Nancy Hult, Kent Kubena, Danny Llewelyn, Michael Romersa
Photography David Mullen
Musician Aaron Zigman

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