Akeelah And The Bee

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Doug Atchison
Production: Lionsgate Releasing
  12 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

dark brown;

used chiefIy scientificaIIy."

WeII, why can't they just say brown?

Daddy, have you ever

heard of this word?

Yeah, probabIy did.

Cauterize, C-A-U-T-E-R-I-Z-E.


F- O-R-T-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N.


C- O-R-R-E-S-P-O-N-D...

Woman on PA:

...construction on our northeast Iot,

traffic wiII be directed

to the side aIIey.

This wiII be through the month.

Drop-offs wiII be from the south gate.

Hey, freak.

We want you to take care

of our EngIish homework.

- Everybody say you a brainiac.

- I ain't no brainiac.

Like heII you ain't!

AIways got them A's down, right?

Yeah, she's scared of us.

Don't run away-

I cannot thank you enough

for coming down here today, Josh.

I've got the district

breathing down my back.

The test scores have

gone down again this year.

As I said earIier,

I appreciate your diIemma, Bob,

but I reaIIy don't understand

what it is I have to offer.

No no no, aII I want you to do

is Iook at these kids

and teII me if you think

my idea's crazy.

I think some of them

have a Iot of potentiaI.


Why aren't you in cIass?

- She hoIding us up.

- AkeeIah!

Are you signed up

for the speIIing bee today?


I want you to come

to my office, pIease.

So, Ms. Cross teIIs me

you've never missed a word

on your speIIing tests.

But your attendance record

Ieaves a IittIe to be desired.

- You're 11, did you skip a grade?

- The second.

AkeeIah, have you ever heard

of the Scripps NationaI SpeIIing Bee?

- I think it was on TV Iast week.

- Yes!

Yes, they show it

on ESPN every year.

MiddIe schooI students

from aII over the country

compete in schooI district

and regionaI speIIing bees

trying to make it to the nationaI

speIIing bee in Washington DC.

Next year, I want

one of our students there.

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Doug Atchison

Doug Atchison is an American motion picture director and screenwriter. He received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship for Akeelah and the Bee in 2006.After winning the Nicholl Fellowship, former ICM superagent Lou Pitt guided Doug's screenplay into production in partnership with Lions Gate Entertainment, 2929 Entertainment, and Starbucks Productions. Akeelah and the Bee went on to become a critical and modest commercial success. In 2006, Atchison entered into a three-picture deal with The Weinstein Company. It was reported in 2012 that Atchison is attached to direct a movie about the hockey player Derek Sanderson.Atchison graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. more…

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