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.

Directing:
  • Doug Atchison

Writing:
  • Doug Atchison

Stars:
Release Date: 2006-04-28
themoviedb icon 6.7/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 112
  • Budget: $8,000,000
  • Revenue: $18,948,425
Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fish...
Dr. Larabee
Angela Bassett
Angela Basset...
Tanya
Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer
Akeelah
Curtis Armstrong
Curtis Armstr...
Mr. Welch
J.R. Villarreal
J.R. Villarre...
Javier
Sean Michael Afable
Sean Michael...
Dylan
Sahara Garey
Sahara Garey
Georgia
Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson...
Devon
Julito McCullum
Julito McCull...
Terrence
Erica Hubbard
Erica Hubbard
Kiana
Eddie Steeples
Eddie Steeple...
Derrick-T
Dalia Phillips
Dalia Phillip...
Ms. Cross
Tzi Ma
Tzi Ma
Mr. Chiu
Jeris Poindexter
Jeris Poindex...
Steve
Sara Niemietz
Sara Niemietz
Polly
George Hornedo
George Horned...
Roman
Craig Wasson
Craig Wasson
Ted Saunders
Jeff Marlow
Jeff Marlow
District Judge
Lee Garlington
Lee Garlingto...
Regional Judge
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
Katie Kerwin...
Herself
Sid Ganis
Sid Ganis
Regional Pronouncer
Austin Herrera Davis
Austin Herrer...
Cheating Boy
Janet Borrus
Janet Borrus
Cheating Boy's Mom
Wolfgang Bodison
Wolfgang Bodi...
Akeelah's Father
Bonita Friedericy
Bonita Friede...
Volunteer
Lauren Sánchez
Lauren Sánche...
Reporter
Fay Hauser
Fay Hauser
Woman on TV
Jack Ong
Jack Ong
Korean Grocer
Neil Soni
Neil Soni
Rajeev Subramonian