The Great Debaters on Oprah
"If you love to go to the movies and leave with a feeling of pure joy, of exhilaration, of hope...The Great Debaters is the movie for you," she says. "It's a stand-up-and-cheer kind of thing."
This film, which is set in the 1930s, chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a brilliant but volatile debate coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of students into an elite debate team. In their pursuit for excellence, Tolson's debaters, who hail from a small African-American college in Texas, receive a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard University's championship team.
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Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington works his magic on screen and behind the scenes. He directs the film and stars as Professor Tolson. "In every breath, in every shot, I can feel [Denzel]," Oprah says. "His choices, his decisions have made this movie what it is."