The Great Debaters Movie Poster
  • Released
  • December 25, 2007
  • PG-13, 2 hr 7 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • Drama
  • 4,763 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Great Debaters is an inspirational fact-based drama that includes unvarnished discussions and representations of 1930s racism, including a brutal lynching scene (the victim's body is shown burned and hung). There are also a couple of fight scenes, a confrontation between rural white bullies and an African-American professor, and a scene in which a bloodied, beaten African-American prisoner has been abused by white sheriff. A sex scene is brief and romantic (no graphic images). Language includes repeated uses of "hell" and the "N" word. Some drinking and pipe-smoking.

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