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Akeelah and the Bee Details

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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 ([[Performer~P421512~Keke Palmer~kekepalmer]]) is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya ([[Performer~P4466~Angela Bassett~angelabassett]]), 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 ([[Performer~P23625~Laurence Fishburne~laurencefishburne]]), 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 28, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Broadcast Film Critics Association Keke Palmer Best Young Actress 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Keke Palmer Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Keke Palmer Best Breakthrough Performance 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Keke Palmer Most Promising Performer 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Angela Bassett Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Laurence Fishburne Best Supporting Actor 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Aaron Zigman Best Original Score 2006 Nominee

Cast

Laurence Fishburne
as Dr. Larabee
Angela Bassett
as Tanya
Keke Palmer
as Akeelah Anderson
Curtis Armstrong
as Mr. Welch
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Chiu
Lee Thompson Young
as Devon
Sahara Garey
as Georgia
Sean Michael Afable
as Dylan
Erica Hubbard
as Kiana
Dalia Phillips
as Ms. Cross
Amirah Hawkins
as Tough Girl #2
Kahlil Ashanti
as Postman
Maddy Kloss
as "Scutellate" Speller
Sid Ganis
as Regional Pronouncer
Biplab Panda
as "Empennage" Speller
Todd Wagner
as Regional Bee Assistant Judge
Alexandra Rieger
as District Speller #2
Jack Ong
as Korean Grocer
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
as Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
Marcus Hawkins Dungey
as Chuckie
Eric Don
as Regional Speller #1
Neil Soni
as Rajeev Subramonian
Zachary Gardner
as Regional Speller #3
Jeff Marlow
as District Judge
Janet Borrus
as Cheating Boy's Mom
Katie Olson
as "Escharotic" Speller
Mason Green
as "Longicollis" Speller
Wolfgang Bodison
as Akeelah's Father
Bonita Friedericy
as Volunteer
Eddie Steeples
as Derrick-T
Jason Ortenberg
as "Flocculation" Speller
Jeris Poindexter
as Steve
Keshell Lucas
as Little Girl On TV
Austin Herrera Davis
as Cheating Boy
Fay Hauser
as Woman On Tv
Craig Wasson
as Ted Saunders
Jmeka Cherrel
as Driver
Lance Norling
as Boy In Wheelchair
Krysten Leigh Jones
as Tough Girl #1
George Hornedo
as Roman
John Oxenreiter
as "Engastrimythic" Speller
Lauren Sanchez
as Reporter
Sara Niemietz
as Polly
Corina Boettger
as Red-Haired Girl
Julia Kelleher
as Regional Speller #2
Lee Garlington
as Regional Judge
Shyann Chatman
as Eighth-Grade Girl

Crew

Doug Atchison
Director
Nancy Hult Ganis
Producer
Michael Romersa
Producer
Laurence Fishburne
Producer
Daniel Llewelyn
Producer
Sid Ganis
Producer
Doug Atchison
Screenwriter
Steven Douglas Smith
Cinematographer
M. David Mullen
Cinematographer
Joel C. High
Musical Direction/Supervision
Aaron Zigman
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Czyzewski
Editor
Glenn Farr
Editor
Warren Alan Young
Production Designer
Shelley A. Wallace
Art Director
Kent Kubena
Co-producer
Jaki Brown-Karman
Co-producer
Dalia Phillips
Associate Producer
Marc Butan
Executive Producer
Mark Cuban
Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg
Executive Producer
Helen Sugland
Executive Producer
Todd Wagner
Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek
Executive Producer
Michael Burns
Executive Producer
John Warner
Set Designer
Alicia MacCarone
Set Designer
Sharen Davis
Costume Designer
Roland N. Thai
Sound/Sound Designer
Chad Rosen
First Assistant Director
Rodney Hooks
First Assistant Director
John Radzik
Camera Operator
Christopher Mosio
Camera Operator
Kim Coleman
Casting
Michael Stern
Sound Mixer
Aisha Coley
Casting
Jaki Brown-Karman
Casting
Matthew Nicolay
Sound Mixer
Brad Heiner
Key Grip
Diana Horwich
Personal Assistant
Jodie Stern
Costume/Wardrobe
Jules Carideo
Production Coordinator
Kendre Berry
ADR Loop Group
Leo Landa
Driver
Mike Upton
Unit Production Manager
Audrey Kendrick
Personal Assistant
Rod Brodie
Driver
Steve Weible
Driver
Tony Barattini
Driver
AJ Noel
ADR Loop Group
Mark Czyzewski
First Assistant Editor
Grant Sawyer
Set Dresser
Susan Bannout
Set Medic/First Aid
Vince Nicastro
Foley Artist
Alexandra Pic
Title Design
Leslie Lawson
Painter
Jan McWilliams
Script Supervisor
Joe Cosentino
Driver
Angel Desanti
Transportation Captain
Michael Stern
Recording
Bree Bailey
Personal Assistant
Charles Kern
Painter
Alexander Salazar
Grip
Eve Streger
Casting Assistant
Greg Sanger
Leadman
Mishon Ratliff
ADR Loop Group
Axel Alba
ADR Loop Group
Adam Pinkstaff
Driver
Jordan Garretson
Grip
Keith Iceberg
Personal Assistant
Lanei Chapman
ADR Loop Group
Manny Duran
Key Grip
Mike Upton
Line Producer
Audrey Fitzgerald
Driver
Robert Weisman
Craft Service/Catering
Benita Elliott
Casting Assistant
Tommy Hubbard
Electrician
Roland N. Thai
Supervising Sound Editor
Krysten Leigh Jones
ADR Loop Group
Carlos Lacamara
ADR Loop Group
Cynthia Gates Fujikawa
Production Accountant
Deron Tse
Grip
Erma Kent
Assistant Hair
Keith Eisberg
First Assistant Camera
Lamese Williams
Casting Assistant
Lyman Richardson
Set Production Assistant
Michelle Pullman
Personal Assistant
Ashlynn Rose
ADR Loop Group
Barbara McCart
Recording
Jessie Flower
ADR Loop Group
Courtney Taylor Burness
ADR Loop Group
Carlo Eugster
Personal Assistant
Cody Klop
ADR Loop Group
Denzel Whitaker
ADR Loop Group
Emily Rice
Post Production Accountant
Gigi Williams
Key Make-up
Jennifer L. Booth
Production Supervisor
Fred Stafford
Supervising ADR Editor
Chris Navarro
ADR Recordist
Danielle Mana
Production Assistant
Cheryle Cravedi
Costume/Wardrobe
Jarrod Oswald
Second Assistant Camera
Joel Rose
Driver
Katelyn Kowalick
ADR Loop Group
Khanya Mkhize
ADR Loop Group
Linda Cowan
Key Make-up
Melissa Pillmear
Foley Editor
Noah Peter
Grip
Richard DiPatri
Assistant Location Manager
Shadee Ardalan
Set Production Assistant
Theo Pingarelli
First Assistant Camera
Yvonne Bastidos
Costume/Wardrobe
Brian Christie
Grip
Chela Fiorini
Assistant Properties
Daniel MacArthur
Personal Assistant
Donna Sloan
Executive in Charge of Production
Fay Kelly
Assistant Hair
Jarik Van Sluijs
Title Design
Andrew Midgley
Visual Effects Producer
Julie Polkes
Unit Publicist
Kevin Pickett
Craft Service/Catering
Liam Hearne
Post Production Accountant
Matt Minke
Grip
Nelson Bush
Set Dresser
Rich Paisley
Gaffer
Saeed Adyani
Still Photographer
Terrence Hardy
ADR Loop Group
Wayne Flowers
Driver
Lisa Looney
Production Supervisor
Jeff Saville
Set Production Assistant
John La Fayette
ADR Loop Group
Kathleen Kasinger
Properties Master
Tim Hedgecock
Electrician
Zack Shada
ADR Loop Group
Oswaldo Rojas
Properties Master
Ricky Mendez
Casting Assistant
Dash Hart
Generator Operator
Kimberly Bailey
ADR Voice Casting
Aaron Zigman
Conductor
Geno Hart
Transportation Coordinator
Andrea Baker
ADR Loop Group
Carl Pedregal
Post Production Supervisor
Christopher Mosio
Second Unit Director Of Photography
David Mun
Second Assistant Camera
Eduardo Ponsdomenech
Music Editor
Gerard Vernice
Cable Person
Joseph P. Genier
Unit Production Manager
Paige Hurd
ADR Loop Group
Robert Natter
Personal Assistant
Shawn Kennelly
Foley Mixer
Tinashe Kachingwe
ADR Loop Group
Jenny DeArmitt
Assistant Production Coordinator
John Pellegrino
Driver
Kayla Henry
ADR Loop Group
Kirk Huston
Transportation Captain
Luis Mata
Driver
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