Akeelah and the Bee

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.

Directors: Doug Atchison
Actors: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, J.R. Villarreal, Sean Michael Afable, Sahara Ware, Lee Thompson Young, Julito McCullum, Erica Hubbard, Eddie Steeples
Countrys: USA

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7.4 16,735 2006-04-28 112

Crew Details

Job Title Member Name Job Title Member Name
WriterDoug AtchisonDirectorDoug Atchison
EditorGlenn FarrCastingAisha Coley
ProducerNancy Hult GanisStill PhotographerSaeed Adyani
Director of PhotographyM. David MullenCastingJaki Brown
CastingKim ColemanOriginal Music ComposerAaron Zigman
Sound mixerMatthew NicolayProduction DesignWarren Alan Young
Set DecorationJulieann GetmanArt DirectionShelley A. Wallace
Makeup Department HeadEdna SheenHair Department HeadKenneth Walker
Production SupervisorJennifer BoothMusic SupervisorJoel C. High
Music EditorJohnny CarusoMusic EditorEduardo Ponsdomenech
Costume SupervisorRiki Lin SabusawaCamera OperatorJohnny Radzik
Camera OperatorChris MosioSound Re-Recording MixerKen S. Polk
Supervising Sound EditorRoland N. ThaiSound DesignerRoland N. Thai
Dialogue EditorJames MoriokaBoom OperatorStacey A. Washer
Transportation CaptainAngel DeSantiTransportation CaptainKirk Huston

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