Akeelah and the Bee

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Released 2006

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  • Akeelah and the Bee Trailer

    Trailer

    4/28/06

    An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne); her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah?s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.moreless
  • Akeelah and the Bee Clip: Crenshaw

    Clip

    4/28/06

    Akeelah (Keke Palmer) participates in her first ever spelling bee, Crenshaw Middle School's first school wide bee.
  • Akeelah and the Bee Clip: 2nd Chance

    Clip

    4/28/06

    One of Akeelah's (Keke Palmer) opponents is caught cheating, so she gets a second chance to move onto the next round.
  • Akeelah and the Bee Clip: 50,000

    Clip

    4/28/06

    Akeelah (Keke Palmer) studies for the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the members of her community.
  • Akeelah and the Bee Clip: National Spelling Bee

    Clip

    4/28/06

    Akeelah (Keke Palmer) sees the Scripps National Spelling Bee on TV for the first time.
  • Akeelah and the Bee Clip: Small Words

    Clip

    4/28/06

    Akeelah (Keke Palmer) studies with her coach Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne). He says if she learns lots of small words, she'll be able to spell all the big words.
  • Akeelah and the Bee

    Movie

    1/1/06

    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.moreless