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.
Shannon Patrick Sullivan <email@example.com>
Changing the world... one word at a time.
28 April 2006 (USA)
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Also Known As:
A som i Akeelah
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Opening Weekend USA: $6,011,585,
30 April 2006
Gross USA: $18,848,430
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $18,948,425
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Filmed at Portola Middle School in Tarzana, California. See more
During the Crenshaw Middle School spelling bee they say Akeelah is in 8th grade, but after Akeelah wins the regional spelling bee the reporter says she is in 7th grade. See more
You know that feeling where everything feels right? Where you don't have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday, where you feel safe and know you're doing the best you can? There's a word for that, it's called love. L-O-V-E.
Referenced in The Boondocks: Pause
Written by Lateef Dumont
(as L. Daumont) and Chief Xcel
(as X. Mosley)
Performed by Lateef Dumont
(as Lateef) & Chief Xcel
(as The Chief)
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