Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Changing the world... one word at a time.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2006-04-28
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 121 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Lions Gate Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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Writing Doug Atchison Writer
Directing Doug Atchison Director
Editing Glenn Farr Editor
Production Aisha Coley Casting
Production Nancy Hult Ganis Producer
Camera Saeed Adyani Still Photographer
Camera M. David Mullen Director of Photography
Production Jaki Brown Casting
Production Kim Coleman Casting
Sound Aaron Zigman Original Music Composer
Sound Matthew Nicolay Sound mixer
Art Warren Alan Young Production Design
Art Julieann Getman Set Decoration
Art Shelley A. Wallace Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Edna Sheen Makeup Department Head
Costume & Make-Up Kenneth Walker Hair Department Head
Production Jennifer Booth Production Supervisor
Sound Joel C. High Music Supervisor
Sound Johnny Caruso Music Editor
Sound Eduardo Ponsdomenech Music Editor
Costume & Make-Up Riki Lin Sabusawa Costume Supervisor
Camera Johnny Radzik Camera Operator
Camera Chris Mosio Camera Operator
Sound Ken S. Polk Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Roland N. Thai Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Roland N. Thai Sound Designer
Editing James Morioka Dialogue Editor
Sound Stacey A. Washer Boom Operator
Crew Angel DeSanti Transportation Captain
Crew Kirk Huston Transportation Captain