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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 (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. ~ 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
Mason Green
as "Longicollis" Speller
Maddy Kloss
as "Scutellate" Speller
Katie Olson
as "Escharotic" Speller
Austin Herrera Davis
as Cheating Boy
Keshell Lucas
as Little Girl On TV
Biplab Panda
as "Empennage" Speller
Eric Don
as Regional Speller #1
Krysten Leigh Jones
as Tough Girl #1
Lauren Sanchez
as Reporter
Bonita Friedericy
as Volunteer
Sid Ganis
as Regional Pronouncer
Wolfgang Bodison
as Akeelah's Father
Fay Hauser
as Woman On Tv
Eddie Steeples
as Derrick-T
Janet Borrus
as Cheating Boy's Mom
Kahlil Ashanti
as Postman
Julia Kelleher
as Regional Speller #2
Alexandra Rieger
as District Speller #2
Jmeka Cherrel
as Driver
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
as Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
Sara Niemietz
as Polly
John Oxenreiter
as "Engastrimythic" Speller
Jack Ong
as Korean Grocer
Amirah Hawkins
as Tough Girl #2
Marcus Hawkins Dungey
as Chuckie
Shyann Chatman
as Eighth-Grade Girl
Zachary Gardner
as Regional Speller #3
Craig Wasson
as Ted Saunders
Corina Boettger
as Red-Haired Girl
Jeff Marlow
as District Judge
Lee Garlington
as Regional Judge
George Hornedo
as Roman
Lance Norling
as Boy In Wheelchair
Jeris Poindexter
as Steve
Jason Ortenberg
as "Flocculation" Speller
Neil Soni
as Rajeev Subramonian
Todd Wagner
as Regional Bee Assistant Judge

Crew

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