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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

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.

  • Doug Atchison
  • Doug Atchison
themoviedb icon 6.9/10
  • Release Date: 2006-04-28
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 112
  • Budget: $8,000,000
  • Revenue: $18,948,425

Craig Wasson

Ted Saunders

Lee Garlington

Regional Judge

Keke Palmer


Laurence Fishburne

Dr. Larabee

Sahara Garey


Eddie Steeples


Dalia Phillips

Ms. Cross

Tzi Ma

Mr. Chiu

Jeff Marlow

District Judge

Sid Ganis

Regional Pronouncer

Austin Herrera Davis

Cheating Boy

Janet Borrus

Cheating Boy's Mom

Wolfgang Bodison

Akeelah's Father

Fay Hauser

Woman on TV

Jack Ong

Korean Grocer

Neil Soni

Rajeev Subramonian
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