Spellbound

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Released 2003

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Director:
Jeffrey Blitz
Released:
2003
Rating:
TV-G
This documentary follows 8 teens and pre-teens as they work their way toward the finals of the Scripps Howard national spelling bee championship in Washington D.C. All work quite hard and practice daily, first having to win their regional championship before they can move on. Interviews include the parents and teachers who are working with them. The competitors not only work hard to get to the finals but face tremendous pressure as the original group of over 250 competitors is whittled down and the words they must spell get ever more difficult.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Enough drama, humor and unfiltered nail-biting suspense to put all the thrill-mongering screenwriters in Hollywood to shame.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    At a time when so many in this country are at odds about what represents America at its best, it's refreshing and then some to see a film that everyone can agree is an example of e...

  • 60

    Variety

    Docu dispassionately examines this strange phenomenon of anachronistic Americana, created as a newspaper promotion in 1925.

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